SE Mich. under 'high fire risk' Tuesday
The National Weather Service has placed all of southeast Michigan under a high fire risk Tuesday as warm, dry conditions could prove problematic.
A red-flag warning is in effect from noon to 8 p.m. for Midland, Bay, Huron, Saginaw, Tuscola, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee and Monroe counties. The alert means a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can “contribute to extreme fire behavior,” weather service officials said.
Winds could reach 15-20 mph with gusts of 25-35 mph as humidity hovers around 25 percent Tuesday afternoon and highs rise into the upper 70s, according to the notice.
“Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly,” the post said. “Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged.”
Local authorities blamed gusting winds Monday for a fire that quickly spread, destroying two homes in Taylor.
Though precipitation levels this month were about an inch above normal compared to other Aprils, the region has been relatively dry since last week, weather records show.
On Monday, Detroit Metro Airport recorded a high of 71, 6 degrees above average for the date, under mostly sunny skies.
The last time the area saw readings flirting with 80 degrees was early October, weather service officials said.
The mercury could climb nearly as high on Wednesday, but showers are likely along with a thunderstorm.
More rain is possible on Thursday and Friday as the thermometer hits the upper 60s and low 70s.