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CLEVELAND (WJW) — The National Weather Service station in Cleveland is once again warning of an elevated fire risk across Northern Ohio on Wednesday.
Conditions across Northern Ohio Wednesday are expected to be dry and breezy, according to the statement.
The “greatest concern” is along the shore of Lake Erie, where a dry airmass coupled with southwest wind gusts getting as high as 30 mph — with the highest gusts near the lakeshore — means brush fires could spread more easily, the weather service tweeted Wednesday.
All of Pennsylvania is under a Red Flag Warning until 8 p.m. Wednesday.
“Residents are urged to exercise caution if handling any potential ignition sources, such as machinery, cigarettes or matches,” reads the alert. “If dry grasses and tree litter begin to burn, the fire will have the potential to spread rapidly.”
The region’s fire risk was elevated Tuesday as well.
A two-acre grass fire broke out Tuesday night near the state Route 2 overpass in Painesville, the city fire department reported.
The call came in just after 11 p.m. Responders found a large, wind-driven fire burning in dry undergrowth at an undeveloped property in the 700 block of Elm Street used for Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company power lines. It covered two acres before being extinguished.
The cause has not yet been determined. No buildings were involved or threatened by fire.
“PCFD would like to remind everyone that open burning of any kind, other than contained cooking or recreational fires, is illegal in city limits,” reads a Wednesday news release from fire Chief Thomas Hummel Jr. “Spreading fires of this nature can become very serious when the right weather conditions exist, such as dry air and sustained wind. During these conditions, residents are urged to exercise caution in handling any potential ignition sources, such as machinery, cigarettes or matches.”
Firefighters in Chardon also on Tuesday worked to contain a wildfire along Pearl Road in Hambden Township. Just before noon Tuesday, the department reported an “out of control” wildfire in the woods about 200 yards from a building.
Calls for mutual aid were later canceled after the fire was brought under control, the department tweeted moments later.