NWS issues red flag warning; high fire danger Wednesday

RED-FLAGHigh winds, low humidity and extreme fire danger continue in northeast Kansas, and are expected to last through today. The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a red flag warning for Osage County and portions of northeast Kansas, in effect from 1 p.m. today, March 23, 2016, until 9 p.m.

The red flag warning was issued due to expected strong winds, low relative humidity and critical fuels for fire. For the third day in a row, winds will be strong – southwesterly at 20 to 30 mph, with gusts to 45 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.

A 50 percent chance of rain is predicted for Wednesday evening, with lower temperatures expected Thursday and another rain possibility forecast for Friday.

The red flag warning is in effect for Osage, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson counties. 

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