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NWS issues red flag warning for northeast Kansas

RED-FLAGThe National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a red flag warning for Osage County and northeast Kansas, in effect from noon today, March 2, 2016, to 6 p.m. The warning was issued due to expected gusty winds, low relative humidity and critical fuels for fire.

South and southwest winds will be sustained at 20 and 30 mph with gusts of 30 to 40 mph. The winds will diminish during the evening. Humidity values will range from roughly 23 to 28 percent. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures may lead to extreme fire behavior.

Affected counties include Osage, Brown, Jackson, Jefferson, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey, and Anderson. In Osage County, all burn permits are suspended for the day, according to Osage County Emergency Management. For more information, contact Osage County Emergency Management at 785-828-3323.

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