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January 24, 2014

N. Alabama warned of fire risk due to low humidity, wind

— If you live in Limestone or another North Alabama county, you should delay  outdoor burning for another time and take caution with anything that could spark a fire.

The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a red flag warning for Limestone, Madison, Morgan, Lawrence, Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Cullman, Marshall, Jackson and Dekalb counties until 6 tonight. The red flag means conditions such as low humidity and wind are right for fires, or soon will be. Limestone County volunteer fire departments had already received a few outside fire calls Friday.

The Weather Service said fire conditions would improve overnight but another cold front will approach the area by sunrise Saturday. Officials are forecasting winds with gusts of up to 20 miles per hour Saturday afternoon, with lesser gusts Sunday afternoon.

Outside fires can spread to homes and other property and lead to wildfires. Over the past 30 days across Alabama, 156 wild fires have been reported, including 116 in the past seven days, according to the Alabama Forestry Commission.

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