Red Flag Warning Issued For Athens County

By
Bethany Venable

Dateline
Updated Thu, Jun 28, 2012 2:32 pm

Athens County is under a red flag warning until 8 p.m. Thursday as high temperatures are expected to peak between 95 and 100 degrees in the afternoon.

The warning from the National Weather Service means people in the area are advised to avoid open burning or discarding cigarette butts when driving or near grassy areas.
 
According to the Athens County Public Information Officer's network, the combination of high heat, low humidity and strong winds could create critical fire weather conditions and "explosive fire growth potential."
 
Several heat advisories are in effect across the state of Ohio and some Southwest counties are under excessive-heat advisories.
 
State health officials are urging people to avoid outdoor activities and to stay hydrated.
 
According to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, symptoms of heat exhaustion include: heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or fainting.
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