(UNDATED)—National Weather Service officials warn of elevated fire danger due to unseasonably dry conditions and the hot… dry and windy weather expected today. Burn bans are in effect in many areas and you are urged to check with local authorities regarding laws and regulations covering outdoor burning. Extreme caution is advised with cigarettes… matches… bar-b-q pits and other open flames or sparks. Weather conditions are favorable for rapidly spreading grass or brush fires.