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'Red Flag' Warning Again on Wednesday; No Burning Permitted

The National Weather Service says critically dangerous fire conditions exist on Wednesday for much of southern New England due to scant rainfall, dry air and high winds.

The National Weather Service has placed Hamilton and Wenham, and much of southern New England, under a "red flag warning" again on Wednesday, meaning current weather conditions could spread a fire out-of-control very quickly.

Under the red flag warning, neither the or the are issuing burning permits on Wednesday.

"Very dry air, gusty northwest winds and minimal recent rainfall will result in red flag conditions today," the NWS said in an alert early this morning.

Northwest windspeeds of 10 to 20 miles per hour, gusting up to 30 mph, are expected on Wednesday with relative humidity as low as 13 percent. The temperature is expected to range from the upper 50s to mid 60s.

The warning is in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. this evening.

"Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended," the weather service says.

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