Winds, humidity create wildfire threat across parts of NC

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- High winds and low humidity will
create critical fire conditions across parts of central and western
North Carolina.
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning from 9
a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday across areas in the Piedmont and foothills.
The warning stretches from west of Durham to Charlotte and Hickory.
Forecasters said relative humidity values will fall to less than
25 percent. They expect frequent wind gusts will get up to 30 mph
or 40 mph.
North Carolina wildfires have already scorched more than 14,000
acres in 2008. The state's Division of Forest Resources says
wildfires burn an average of 20,000 acres annually


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