NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Brush fires raged on Staten Island and in Linden, New Jersey, Tuesday afternoon, as low humidity, dry conditions and high winds made for dangerously flammable conditions in the area.

A brush fire broke out around 4:40 p.m. in the Fresh Kills section of Staten Island, near the Staten Island Mall, Joe Biermann reported from Chopper 2.

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The fire was burning near Richmond Avenue and Forest Hill Road, which was closed at the scene. The site of the blaze was just across Forest Hill Road from a popular Costco store.

The FDNY was getting the upper hand late Tuesday afternoon, and were able to keep the fire at all-hands level.

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Flames and plumes of smoke also poured into the sky when a brush fire broke out in Linden earlier in the day.

The Linden fire broke out near a PSEG facility close to the New Jersey Turnpike.

That fire was later brought under control. There was no word on injuries or what started the blaze.

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The low humidity and wind prompted a red flag Warning for the area Tuesday. Under a red flag warning, conditions are ideal for brush fires that may spread rapidly.