The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Harlem to Hollis in New York City and surrounding areas due to conditions favorable for rapid fire spread. The warning is in effect today, Aprl 19th, 2016, from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST.
A Red Flag Warning is issued when a combination of strong winds and dry conditions create a significantly elevated fire growth potential. Today’s winds speeds will be 10-20 MPH with gusts up to 25 MPH and a relative humidity of mid to upper 20s. Exercise caution when using outdoor gas and charcoal grills. In addition, smokers should never carelessly discard cigarettes.
Immediately report a brush fire to 9-1-1.