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High winds spur worries of wildfires, respiratory troubles

Updated Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | 9:47 a.m.

Conditions in the region have prompted officials to issue a wildfire warning and an air-quality advisory for Wednesday and into Thursday.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag fire warning, means high winds and low humidity are creating conditions favorable for wildfires, for the Lake Mead area.

Forecasters said winds from the north will pick up Wednesday morning and average 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Humidity is expected to be in the single digits for most of today and Thursday. Humidity around Lake Mead this morning was about 8 percent.

The fire warning will remain in effect until 4 p.m. Thursday.

Meanwhile, Clark County Department of Air Quality is advising residents of the possibility of blowing dust today through Thursday morning.

The Air Quality Department officials said unhealthy levels of dust were not occurring, but the department was sending notices to construction sites in the Las Vegas Valley and other outlying areas in the county, asking them to take precautions to prevent blowing dust. Airborne dust is a form of inhalable air pollution called particulate matter, which aggravates respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and asthma. The elderly, children those with respiratory diseases are most affected by blowing dust.

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