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Red Flag Warning issued in Metro Detroit Tuesday: Here's what that means

Tuesday may be the warmest day of the year so far in Metro Detroit.

Mostly sunny and breezy with near record highs in the 80 degree range with a Detroit record high of 86 degrees. We fall just short on a glorious summer-like day.

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A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Metro Detroit from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Full forecast here.

What's a Red Flag Warning?

Here's an explanation from Paul Gross:

The combination of warm temperatures, gusty winds, and very low humidity on Tuesday has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag Warning from noon to 8:00 p.m.  This means that conditions will be favorable for any wildfires to spread rapidly.

Please use extra caution if burning anything outdoors, and even with your cigarette butts if you smoke -- don’t toss them on grass or dry brush, or out the window of your car, as the smoldering cigarette can ignite a fire, which would spread like crazy if the fire can get established.

Here are some tips from the National Weather Service:

-If you are allowed to burn in your area, all burn barrels must be covered with a weighted metal cover, with holes no larger than 3/4 of an inch.

 -Do not throw cigarettes or matches out of a moving vehicle. They may ignite dry grass on the side of the road and become a wildfire.

 -Extinguish all outdoor fires properly. Drown fires with plenty of water and stir to make sure everything is cold to the touch. Dunk charcoal in water until cold. Do not throw live charcoal on the ground and leave it.

 -Never leave a fire unattended. Sparks or embers can blow into leaves or grass, ignite a fire, and quickly spread.


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