NWS issues red flag warning for Tuesday

RED-FLAGThe National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a red flag warning that is in effect from noon today, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, to 7 p.m. this evening. The fire danger warning was issued due to expected gusty winds, low relative humidity, and existing dry fuels for fire. In addition to Osage County, the warning area includes Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Lyon and Coffey counties.

Winds are predicted to be from the south at 20 to 35 mph with gusts to around 45 mph. Wind speeds will diminish in the late afternoon to early evening but shift to the west to northwest tonight. Humidity values will be 20 to 30 percent, and 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 can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

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