GRAY, Maine — After a winter which seemingly did not want to end, the state is finally experiencing spring conditions.

However, with dry weather comes the risk for fast-spreading fires, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service’s Gray forecast office has posted a red flag warning for southern and western portions of the state.

According to the weather service, a red flag warning occurs when a combination of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures combine for fire growth potential. Open areas without snow are the most vulnerable.

Affected areas include Oxford, Franklin, Somerset, York, Cumberland, Androscoggin and Kennebec counties, according to the weather service.

The red flag warnings are expected to remain in effect through the end of the day Wednesday.

The Maine Forest Rangers have reported multiple wildfires throughout Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Forest Rangers’ Twitter feed, wildfires have broken out in Blue Hill, Alfred and Newfield.

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