NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Dry and windy conditions have prompted a red flag warning for wildfires across the entire Tri-State area.

The warning is in effect through 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service said gusty winds, along with humidity levels as low as 20 percent, mean there is a “great potential” for wildfires in the area through the day. There is also the possibility that any blazes that do start could easily spread and become difficult to extinguish.

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The driest conditions, along with the highest winds, are projected during the afternoon hours.

In New York, winds could gust to as high as 35 mph.

Forecasters are cautioning against doing any outdoor burning.

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