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Forecasters warn of potential fire danger

Mar. 20, 2013 @ 10:08 AM

HUNTINGTON — The National Weather Service has posted a red flag warning for much of the Tri-State.

The alert warns those living in the area of an enhanced risk for forest fires.

Forecasters warn Wednesday’s combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will “create explosive fire growth potential.”

The warning affects Cabell and each of its surrounding counties, along with Boyd County in Kentucky and others beyond the local area.

It begins at noon and continues through 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Forecasters predict the relative humidity will drop to as low as 25 percent with sustained winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour. Gusts could reach 30 miles per hour.

Temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 40s.

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