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Apr 7, 2010 6:09 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Fire danger now threatens where Eastern floods hit

Officials in southern New England have issued fire danger warnings for some of the areas put under water by record flooding just days ago.

The National Weather Service says the temperature Wednesday hit 92 degrees in Providence, R.I., and Hartford, Conn., setting records for the day in both cities. The temperature hit a record 90 at Boston's Logan International Airport.

Providence last month also set a record for March rainfall; Boston had its second-rainiest month on record.

The weather service on Wednesday issued a red flag warning for much of southern New England. That means an enhanced danger of brush fires.

Officials point out that plants that have yet to bud can burn under the right conditions even if the ground is still wet.

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