Meteorologists on Saturday released a special weather statement warning residents that conditions are ripe for potential brush fires.

The National Weather Service in Upton said there’s a “potential for rapid fire spread this afternoon,” in a statement that included warnings to residents to properly dispose of any smoking materials.

According to the weather service, westerly winds up to 20 mph and gusts up to 30 mph combined with humidity levels dropping into the upper 20s and dry fine fuels will “result in conditions favorable for the spread of brush fires.”

The agency said residents should keep vehicles out of grassy areas and properly dispose of all smoking materials.

“It only takes a carelessly disposed cigarette to ignite a fire,” the NWS warned.

Any fires should be reported to authorities immediately, the agency said.

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