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Dry conditions produce fire weather watch

Residents are being advised to avoid burning for a whilefollowing a fire weather watch issued by the National WeatherService in Jackson, said Lincoln County Civil Defense DirectorClifford Galey.

The watch has been issued because of little or no rainfall in thearea for several weeks, along with incoming weather conditions,said Galey.

He said conditions are dangerously dry and humidity levels are verylow, and five to 20-mile an hour winds are expected between now andFriday night.

A cold front is also expected to push through the region tonight,which will only reinforce the dry and breezy conditions that areexpected this weekend, according to the National WeatherService.

As a result, Galey is advising everyone to be cautious.

“We recommend no burning until we get some rain,” said Galey.

The watch, which affects Lincoln County and the surrounding area,is set to expire Friday at 7 p.m., but Galey said it may beextended.