Dry conditions, gusty winds spark brush fires around Tri-State area

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- The National Weather Service is urging caution as warm and dry weather conditions increase the risk of brush fires.

Saturday afternoon the NWS issued a Red Flag Warning for New York City and surrounding areas as critical fire weather conditions occur. The mix of strong winds, low humidity can trigger brush fires.

The warning was in place from noon to 8 p.m.

Multiple fires have been reported around New York and New Jersey due to dry conditions.

Firefighters battled a blaze in the bushes at Kissena Park in Flushing around 1 p.m. There were no injuries or property damage reported.

Drone footage shot by David Quinones of YouDrone.com showed the flames spreading in the park.

In New Jersey firefighters have battled brush fires in Sayreville, South Amboy, Stockton and Rhinebeck.

Firefighters in New York were also busy with brush fires in Port Jervis, Ridgewood and Fort Montgomery.

The FDNY and OEM encourage New Yorkers to use caution today when using gas or charcoal grills. People should also never carelessly discard cigarettes.