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NWS: Elevated brush fire danger in the Heartland

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The National Weather Service out of Paducah says the combination of increasing winds, lowered relative humidity's and dry vegetation may give way to an elevated fire danger Saturday afternoon across the Heartland.

Any outdoor burning is discouraged since it could lead to uncontrolled brush fires.

According to NWS, sustained winds are expected to reach into the 10-15 mph range with higher gusts possible through 5 p.m.

Weather officials say these winds will mix in drier air across the region allowing relative humidity's to fall into the middle and upper 20 percent range.

You are urged to check with local fire departments and agencies or emergency management officials for any burning restrictions near your area.

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