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A Red Flag Warning has been issued until 8 p.m. May 9

Fire dangers remain a threat for some in West Michigan.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — With warmer, drier and windy conditions fire weather has become dangerous for northern counties. The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warning from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. tonight for portions of West Michigan. This includes Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Isabella, Montcalm and Gratiot counties.  

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It's advised that one should avoid tossing cigarette butts outdoors, grilling near grassy areas, parking vehicles in tall grass, towing a trailer with dragging trailer chains, or any other activity that may result in sparks, flames, or heat sources near dry surface fuels. 

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This occurs due to a combination of factors: winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures. Southeasterly winds are sustained today at 10 to 20 mph and gusts near 40 mph. relative humidity levels are as low as 24% and temperatures are climbing into the mid to upper 70s. This has created the perfect scenario for a Red Flag Warning as these conditions condone extreme fire behavior.  

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How does this impact you? Well, burn restrictions are likely in effect in the counties listed above. You can click here or call 866-922-2876 to find out if there are burn restrictions in your area. 

Fire danger should decrease by mid-week. Continue to check back with 13 On Your Side for updated fire risks. 

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