NWS issues red flag warning for northeast Kansas

RED-FLAGThe National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a fire weather warning for Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Osage County and northeast Kansas, cautioning against any outdoor burning in the region. The red flag warning is in effect from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. today due to expected gusty winds and an abundance of critical fuels combined with low relative humidity.

Southwest winds are expected to be sustained at 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph today, and by late afternoon winds will shift to the west at 10 to 20 mph over north central Kansas. Minimum relative humidity values will range from around 18 percent to 22 percent through the afternoon.

The highest threat is located from Republic through Ottawa counties where relative humidity values are expected to be lowest.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

The red flag warning covers Osage County and 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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