The Normal area is under a red flag warning Wednesday due to high winds and low humidity.

High, gusty winds have sparked an unusual red flag warning for much of central Illinois for Wednesday afternoon and early evening.

The National Weather Service in Lincoln issued the warning, which means conditions are especially ripe for fires due to the combination of high winds, low humidity and warm temperature in the region.

The warning, which is much of central Illinois east of the Illinois River and north of Interstate 70, is in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The NWS warns against any outdoor burning during this period, which will see wind gusts between 20 and 30 miles per hour.

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