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State Under Fire Weather Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for Thursday that affects much of Indiana.

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Indiana is under a fire weather advisory.

Much of the state continues to be  under a fire weather watch.  According to the National Weather Service, a combination of low humidity, strong gusty winds, and dry vegetation is increasing the state’s potential for a wildfire.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Jason Puma says it will take a significant amount of rainfall to ease the dry conditions.

“Probably a good 2-3 inches that’s my rough guess,” Puma said.  “And as we get progressively into fall we’ll have cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity and that will prevent as much moisture from leaving the ground as well.”

Puma says his office is in contact with the Department of Natural Resources on a daily basis to talk about what conditions are like in the field and to try to come up with the best possible advisories to make people aware of the potential of fire danger.

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