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Fire danger warning issued for Saturday

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The National Weather Service warns that outdoor burning will become hazardous Saturday in Bladen County and across the region due to gusty winds, low relative humidity and low fuel moisture values from several consecutive dry weeks.

Anyone burning yard debris or other items should use extreme caution or wait to burn the material another day.

Winds on Saturday are forecast to be from the northwest at 5-10 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph and a relative humidity as low as 15%. Rainfall over the past two weeks has averaged only 5% of normal, creating very dry fuel conditions, according to the National Weather Service.

The conditions mean a fire has the potential for rapid spread.

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