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Dry Weather, Winds Prompt Area Fire Warning

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Dry weather and gusty winds are prompting the National Weather Service to issue a red flag fire warning for much of the region.

The warning is in effect for most of Maryland, Northern and central Virginia, and eastern West Virginia. On Easter Sunday, 18 acres of woods in eastern Baltimore and Harford counties were lost to brush fires. The four-alarm wildfires were caused by a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures.

The National Weather Service warns there could be more sparks on the way, as fire danger is elevated when conditions are dry and winds are strong.

Fire officials warn to be careful when extinguishing smoking materials. You are also asked to limit the use of grills.

In D.C., fire officials say high winds are blamed for upending a pair of paddleboats in the Tidal Basin after they crashed into a bridge abutment earlier today. Four people were plucked from the water. One was taken to the hospital as a precaution. There were no serious injuries.

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