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National Weather Service.

The risk of brush and wild fires has been elevated to near-critical by the National Weather Service in Chicago for Saturday. The increased risk comes from high winds, dry conditions, and warm temperatures.

The National Weather Service warns that any fires that start will develop quickly. Anyone planning to do any burning on Saturday should postpone it. Anyone with an open flame should be extremely careful and all smoking materials should be disposed of properly. People are also asked to avoid parking in grass and make sure that no vehicle parts are dragging on the ground that could cause sparks.

The risk is area wide, but the highest risk area is east and south of I-55. Temperatures in the upper sixties are expected with wind gusts up to 35 miles-per-hour.