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NWS issues fire warning for northeast Kansas

RED-FLAGThe National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a red flag warning for Osage County and portions of northeast Kansas, in effect from noon today, March 4, 2016, until 6 p.m. The warning was issued due to expected gusty winds, low relative humidity and critical fuels for fire.

Wind will be from the south to southwest at 15 to 20 mph, with gusts to 30 mph. Winds will become west to northwest late in the afternoon and diminish during the evening. Minimum afternoon relative humidity will fall to around 20 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, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson.

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