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NWS forecasts extreme fire danger Thursday for Osage County

Osage County is one of six Kansas counties in a red flag warning in effect from noon today to 9 p.m. this evening due to forecast low humidity, gusty westerly winds, and dry fuels. The National Weather Service in Topeka issued the red flag warning that covers Osage, Morris, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey, and Anderson counties.

West winds are expected to be sustained at 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph this afternoon; relative humidity is forecast to range from 17 to 21 percent. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly, and 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.

Information thanks to NWS Topeka.

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