NWS issues red flag warning; high fire danger Monday

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 21, 2016, until 9 p.m. The warning was issued due to expected strong winds, low relative humidity and critical fuels for fire.

Winds will be southwesterly at 20 to 30 mph, with gusts to 40 mph. Minimum relative humidity will fall to 17 to 25 percent during late afternoon. 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 and low relative humidity may lead to extreme fire behavior.

A fire weather watch also remains in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday evening.

Affected counties include Osage, Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson.

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