FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The National Weather Service has released a special statement for an elevated fire risk for Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.
There is an increased risk for grass, field, brush and ditch fires as well as unmonitored campfires to spread out of control.
Burning is not recommended.
The elevated fire danger will likely exist Wednesday afternoon as well.
Despite some rainfall over the past 24 hours, many areas remain very dry.
According to the current drought monitor, many locations are abnormally dry or in a moderate drought.
Low relative humidity and southwesterly winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts of 25 to 30 mph are expected Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.
The greatest fire danger will likely reside along and west of Interstate 69.
Make sure you are following local laws that may be in place regarding burning in your location.
If you must burn, ensure that the fire is constantly monitored and several options are available to quickly extinguish the fire.
Contact your local fire department with any questions and if control of the fire is lost.