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The National Weather Service has issued a "red flag warning" for northern Illinois and northwest Indiana from noon until 7 p.m. due to the warm, dry, and windy weather and how the weather "will become favorable for rapid growth of wildfires."
CHICAGO, IL (Catholic Online) - During spring and fall, red flag warnings are very common. Although spring has caused many plants to bloom and grow beautifully, there are still a lot of dry, dead plants around.
Kevin Birk, a weather service meteorologist, said "I don't want to say that it's not dry out there, because although some grasses have sprouted, there's still a lot of fuel out there. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential."
Red flag warnings have been seen several times this spring due to the record-breaking warm weather and dry conditions in March.
Today, the warning includes most of northern Illinois and northwest Indiana.
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General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
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