Elevated risk for fire today

Be careful out there today. The National Weather Service says the area has elevated risk for fire today:

Special Weather Statement

The following areas are affected:

Albany

Schenectady

Rensselaer

Columbia

Dutchess

Ulster

Greene

Herkimer

Fulton

Montgomery

Schoharie

Saratoga

Warren

Washington

...Elevated Risk for Fire Spread Potential Today for eastern NewYork excluding the southern Adirondacks...

New York fire weather officials have advised of an elevated riskfor fire spread again today due to dry surface fuels along withlow relative humidities and gusty winds.

Winds will be from the southwest to west at 15 to 20 mph withgusts to near 35 mph. Relative humidity values will be low,generally from 30 to 40 percent. In addition, temperatures willbe well above normal reaching into the upper 70s to mid 80s.

There were several brush fires Saturday is Columbia and Greene Counties. The larges though was in Selkirk, where 22 acres was blackened. Channel 10 was there:

 

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