NWS issues fire weather warning, wind advisory for Thursday

RED-FLAGThe National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a fire weather warning and a wind advisory, both in effect through this evening, Thursday, April 7, 2016, for portions of northeast Kansas including Osage County.

The red flag fire danger warning was issued due to expected gusty winds, low relative humidity, and existing dry fuels for fire.

Wind speeds will steadily increase this morning with the highest speeds likely to occur in the early to middle afternoon hours. Wind is expected to diminish in the early evening hours. Northwest winds will be sustained around 30 mph with gusts commonly of 40 to 45 mph. A few gusts around 50 mph are possible.

A wind advisory means that sustained winds of 30 mph or gusts to 45 mph are expected. Steps should be taken to secure any lawn furniture or light weight objects and use extra caution when driving. Driving will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Loose and lightweight objects are likely to be blown around.

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

The wind advisory and fire danger warning overlap in an area that includes Osage County and Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey, and Anderson counties.

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