NWS issues red flag fire danger warning for Saturday

RED-FLAGThe National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a fire weather warning for Saturday in Osage County and northeast Kansas, cautioning against any outdoor burning in the region. The red flag warning is in effect from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, due to expected gusty winds and an abundance of critical fuels combined with low relative humidity.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly.

Southwest winds are predicted to be sustained at 15 to 25 mph Saturday, with gusts of 25 to 35 mph. The strongest wind gusts are expected across north central Kansas. Minimum relative humidity values will range from around 18 percent to 25 percent through the afternoon.

Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

As of this time, NWS hasn’t warned of red flag conditions on Sunday and Monday, as minimum relative humidity values are expected to increase into the 30s. However, winds will remain gusty at 25-35 mph through Monday, thus enhancing fire danger concerns.

Saturday’s red flag warning covers Osage County along with Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson counties.

Information thanks to National Weather Service.

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