NWS issues red flag warning; forecasts extreme fire danger through Friday afternoon

RED-FLAGThe National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a red flag warning and fire weather watch due to high winds and low relative humidity in north central and northeast Kansas, and warns against extreme fire danger. The warning is in effect from 11 a.m. today, Feb. 18, through 7 p.m. this evening, with the fire weather watch in effect until Friday evening.

NWS is forecasting southerly winds across the area this afternoon will be 25 mph to 35 mph sustained, with gusts up to 50 mph during the late morning and afternoon hours. This evening and Friday, winds will shift to the west between 15 and 25 mph with gusts to around 30 mph, which should gradually diminish by Friday afternoon.

Minimum relative humidity values this afternoon will be in the upper teens over far north central Kansas to the lower and middle 30 percent range elsewhere. Overall lower humidity values are expected on Friday with minimum relative humidity values in the teens to mid 20 percent range.

A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Extreme fire danger means that fires start quickly, spread furiously and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. All outdoor burning should be avoided in areas with extreme fire danger. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly, and a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures may lead to extreme fire behavior.

The area covered by the warning includes Osage, Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson counties.

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