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Special Weather Statement Issued by NWS NorthernIndiana(4-4-2015) - Police And Weather Updates

Serving Fulton, Cass, Pulaski, Marshall, Miami, Wabash, and Kosciusko Counties in Indiana!

Special Weather Statement Issued by NWS NorthernIndiana (Northern Indiana and Northeastern Ohio)

Indiana Target Area: Adams, Allen, Blackford, Cass, De Kalb, Elkhart, Fulton, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, La Porte, Lagrange, Marshall, Miami, Noble, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, White, and Whitley Counties.

****HEIGHTENED FIRE DANGER THIS WEEKEND****

ALTHOUGH RECENT RAINFALL HAS INCREASED FINE FUELS MOISTURE SOMEWHAT, A COMBINATION OF HUMIDITY VALUES IN THE 25 TO 30 PERCENT RANGE, WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH AND INCREASING SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS OF 15 TO 20 MPH WILL ALLOW FOR RAPID DRYING THIS AFTERNOON. AS A RESULT, THERE WILL BE AN INCREASED RISK FOR GRASS, BRUSH, AND DITCH FIRES TO SPREAD OUT OF CONTROL. ON SUNDAY, TEMPERATURES WILL CLIMB INTO THE 60S WITH AFTERNOON HUMIDITY VALUES DROPPING INTO THE 25 TO 35 PERCENT RANGE AS WINDS INCREASE ONCE AGAIN TO 15 TO 25 MPH. THE BEST TIME FOR BURNING WILL BE MID TO LATE MORNING BEFORE WIND SPEEDS INCREASE. BURNING IS NOT ADVISED DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS BOTH TODAY AND SUNDAY. IF YOU MUST BURN, ENSURE THAT THE FIRE IS CONSTANTLY MONITORED, AND SEVERAL OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO QUICKLY EXTINGUISH THE FIRE. IF CONTROL OF THE FIRE IS LOST, QUICKLY CALL 911 AND REQUEST THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO RESPOND.

Instructions: REMINDER IF IT IS WINDY OUT, DO NOT BURN. IF YOU MUST BURN THIS WEEKEND AS LAW STATES YOU MUST STAY WITH THE FIRE UNTIL IT IS COMPLETELY OUT AND YOU MUST HAVE AMPLE AMOUNT OF A WATER SOURCE AVAILABLE TO PUT FIRE OUT IN CASE IT DOES GET OUT OF CONTROL. IF IT DOES GET OUT OF CONTROL AND YOU CAN'T PUT FIRE OUT, CALL YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT OR 911.