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Driven by months of drought and periods of extreme heat through the summer and early fall, exceptional dry and windy conditions developed across the region on October 13 and 14, 2022. Relative humidity levels dropped to 15 to 25% both days, with wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph common. This resulted in numerous wildfires igniting in the area, particularly on October 14. Dozens of acres of cropland burned, and some farm equipment such as combines also were lost in fires. In Princeton, KY, a field fire moved into a neighborhood and burned one house and a camper. Two firefighters were injured fighting the blaze. 

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Smoky skies from wildfires in Henderson, KY via Nikolai Peek.  Minimum Observed Relative Humidity Values on Oct. 14, 2022 Infrared temperature GOES-East imagery showing numerous hot spots from wildfires. 
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