With dry conditions forecast to continue for the time being and a Red Flag Warning in effect today (Saturday), a local firefighter is asking you to be careful around vegetation. While mostly a rural phenomena recently, with numerous field fires breaking out in recent days, you are still being asked to be careful no matter where you are.

Alton Fire Department Deputy Chief Robert Franke tells The Big Z they are dealing with dry conditions and the subsequent fire dangers.

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Tips from the National Weather Service include avoiding outdoor burning; if you smoke, be sure to extinguish your cigarette or cigar before disposing of it; never throw a burning item out of a window; and bag up trash, clippings, and other easily flammable items.

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