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East Peoria, Washington pausing open burning Saturday during NWS-issued Red Flag Warning

(WEEK) -- A burn ban is in place for tomorrow in East Peoria -- while an open burn ban is also in place for Washington through tomorrow -- due to high winds and dry conditions.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for areas east of the Illinois River for 10-8 p.m. Saturday -- due to gusty winds and low humidity.

Wind gusts near 50 miles per hour combined with low humidity will set the stage for wildfires on Saturday.

The East Peoria Fire Department said to use extra caution when burning this year because of the recent conditions.

Open burning started in the City of East Peoria on Thursday, October 15 -- until November 30.

Burns must be supervised, done in daylight and with a water source nearby.

"We try to find that balance of letting people have the opportunity to get rid of their yard waste, and yet make sure we are being safe in the way that we do that," said assistant fire chief Kim Riggenbach.

The fire department plans to resume open burning on Sunday if weather permits.

The City of Washington is also banning open burning through Saturday -- citing the dry and windy conditions Thursday leading to multiple field fires and a house damaged by fire in Washington.

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