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NWS issues red flag warning; high fire danger Tuesday

RED-FLAGHigh winds, low humidity and extreme fire danger continue as the weather pattern in northeast Kansas, which is expected to last through Wednesday. The 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 22, 2016, until 9 p.m. NWS also has issued a fire weather watch for Wednesday.

The red flag warning was issued due to expected strong winds, low relative humidity and critical fuels for fire. For the second day in a row, winds will be southwesterly at 20 to 30 mph, with gusts to 40 mph expected. Minimum relative humidity will fall to 15 to 25 percent during late afternoon.

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

The fire weather watch will be in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening due to predicted strong winds.

Affected counties include Osage, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson. 

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