FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The National Weather Service office in Northern Indiana has now put all of the Northeast Indiana counties in our viewing area under a Red Flag Warning for Saturday as of 8 a.m.
As of Friday evening, the region was under a Fire Weather Watch.
This is the highest level (3 of 3) for fire risk (Elevated Fire Danger, Fire Weather Watch, Red Flag Warning)
This occurs when ground, leaves, unharvested fields are exceptionally dry, humidity is low, and winds are high.
Breezy and dry conditions today will result in an increased risk of grass and field fires. A Red Flag Warning is in effect. Wind gusts to 40 mph will allow any fires to spread quickly. Outdoor burning is not recommended. #inwx #ohwx #miwx pic.twitter.com/YXbpSWI0uE
— NWS Northern Indiana (@NWSIWX) October 17, 2020
Any outdoor burning of any kind, whether it be backyard campfires or leaf burning, should be put on hold until Sunday.
Fort Wayne Fire Department Assistant Chief Jim Murua says this is the time of year people start enjoying the outdoors more, but he warns people that it's more than just the grass as stake if a fire gets out of control.
Murua explained, "If you were to have a campfire, it could get away from you, especially with high winds, catch your grass on fire, maybe go over to a neighbor’s house as well."
He warned that improperly disposed cigarettes, as well as fireworks, could also set of an uncontrolled fire, so you're encouraged to dispose of them properly.
It's also a good idea to check with your local fire department to see if there are any burn bans currently in your county that legally prohibit you from doing burning outdoors.