Elevated Fire Threat in the Southeast

October 17, 2010; 1:01 AM ET
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Warm, sunny and dry conditions across Georgia and Florida are resulting in an elevated fire threat this weekend.

High pressure in control of the Southeast is promoting the dry and warm weather.

The relative humidity will drop into the 20s and teens during the afternoon hours, while highs climb well into the 70s and 80s.

Cities that are included in the fire risk area include Atlanta, Tampa and Orlando.

People who live in these areas will need to exercise extreme caution with any outdoor activities that involve sparks. Special care should be taken when grilling or building campfires, and cigarette butts should be disposed of properly.

Those operating harvesting and mowing equipment should be extremely cautious as sparks from these types of equipment can spark fires with such tinder-dry vegetation and grass.

Be careful not to park any vehicles over dry vegetation or grass.

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