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Critical Fire Weather Conditions In The DC Area
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A red flag warning has been issued for Northern Virginia and the DC Metro area from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Monday, April 9, 2012.

The warning was issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). 

"A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low humidity, low fuel moisture, and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential," officials said. 

Fire danger is severely elevated due to dry conditions along with gusty winds. 

The potential will be high for rapid spread of any uncontrolled brush or wild fires. 

Everyone should be extremely careful igniting any flames during this period, and should avoid it entirely, if at all possible, officials said. 

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