Dead and dry vegetation combined with the dry and windy conditions have created ideal conditions for the fast spread of wildfire prompting a Red Flag Warning to be posted for Monday for the entire Seacoast.

A flicked cigarette, a dropped match, a spark from a lawn mower; it won't take much to spark a fire. Winds will blow out of the northwest at 15-25 mph on Monday with gusts to 40 mph and low humidity could help wildfires grow quickly.

The Red Flag Warning is in effect until 7 p.m. on Monday.

A wildfire in Pelham on Saturday burned nearly 31 acres was sparked by individuals shooting targets, according to the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, which advises that open fires should not be left unattended and campfires should be extinguished completely.

The first part of the week will be sunny with high temperatures in the 50s on Monday and into the 60s on Tuesday. Clouds move in for Wednesday through Friday with temperatures in the 50s and low 60s.

The Seacoast region including most of southern New Hampshire, Maine and northern Massachusetts are considered to be abnormally dry by the National Weather Service which can lead to an overall elevated fire danger, brown lawns and a delay to the planting season.

National Weather Service map shows area of Red Flag Warning (NWS)

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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