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NWS warns of fire danger; issues red flag warning

RED-FLAGWith warm and windy weather returning today, the National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a red flag warning for north central northeast and east central Kansas. Due to forecast low relative humidity and strong winds, the red flag warning is in effect from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today.

Breezy conditions with drier air, combined with continued dry and cured vegetation across the area, make conditions favorable for extreme fire behavior.

Winds are expected to be out of the southwest at 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph., with windy conditions ongoing throughout the day. Relative humidity values are forecast to drop into the 17 to 22 percent range by early afternoon, with temperatures in the upper 70s in eastern Kansas to lower 80s in central Kansas. Fires can start quickly, spread furiously and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. All outdoor burning should be avoided in red flag conditions.

Osage County remains in a burn ban that is in effect when the rangeland fire danger is very high or extreme or a red flag warning is issued. See story here.

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