Red Flag Warning Issued for 22 Illinois and Indiana Counties

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Chicago, IL – The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Red Flag Warning for 22 counties in Illinois and Indiana from 11 a.m. CDT to 7 p.m. CDT Wednesday. This warning replaces the previously issued Fire Weather Watch.

The affected area includes Lake (IN), Porter, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Lake (IL), Ogle, Lee, Newton, De Kalb, Jasper, Kane, DuPage, Cook, La Salle, Benton, Kendall, Grundy, Will, Kankakee, Livingston, Iroquois, and Ford Counties.

The conditions in the affected areas are expected to be favorable for the rapid spread of wildfires due to low relative humidity, dry fuels, and strong winds. Southwest winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph are expected. The relative humidity may drop to as low as 20 percent.

Residents in the affected areas are urged to exercise caution with any outdoor activities that could spark a wildfire. Any fires that develop may spread rapidly, so individuals are advised to report any smoke or flames immediately to their local authorities.

The National Weather Service advises people to follow local burn bans and refrain from outdoor burning during Red Flag Warnings. They should also avoid using outdoor equipment that could generate sparks.

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