The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for all of Rhode Island and parts of Massachusetts, noting that weather conditions today - high winds and low humidity - could make fires more likely to occur and to spread quickly.
Winds are expected to reach 15 to 25 mph with gusts of up to 40 mph.
The warning went into effect at 10 a.m. this morning and expires at 8 p.m. It comes on the heels of at least two reported fires: a late-night blaze in Newport and an early-morning home fire in Tiverton.
The strongest winds may occur in the late afternoon. Temperatures will be near average, with highs in the mid-50s to lower 60s.
The NWS is advising residents to take precautionary actions today, as any fires that develop will have the potential to spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.