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Controlled burn occurring at Moraine Hills

Weather Service has issued red flag warning about fire conditions

LAKEMOOR – A controlled burn being conducted at Moraine Hills State Park is irking nearby residents.

"I have gotten so many phone calls," said Vicki Seyller, administrative assistant at the McHenry Township Fire Protection District. "They're having big problems on Kent Road and Route 120. They're having a lot of ash falling out of the air, and the smoke is just hanging and people are closing their windows."

Seyller confirmed about 1:15 p.m. today that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is conducting a controlled burn at the state park located off of River Road, southeast of McHenry.

"They call us in the morning and let us know that they're going to have one," she said. "That way if anybody reports smoke, we're not out there driving around looking for a fire. It's a courtesy."

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for all of north central and northern Illinois as well as northwest Indiana. The warning is an indication that fire weather conditions are occurring now, or will shortly, the National Weather Service said in its advisory. Low relative humidity and strong winds are combining or will combine to make fires a particular concern.

The warning is in effect until 8 p.m. today.

A call to Moraine Hills State Park this afternoon was unanswered, and a message was not immediately returned.

– Cyndi Wyss

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