NWS issues red flag fire weather warning for Thursday in northeast Kansas – Osage County Online | Osage County News

NWS issues red flag fire weather warning for Thursday in northeast Kansas

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a red flag warning for Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, covering much of northeast Kansas. The fire weather warning will be in effect 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday due to forecast strong winds, low humidity, and dry fuels in the warning area.

In addition to Osage County, the warning area includes Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey, and Anderson counties.

NWS forecasts south-southwest winds Thursday, sustained at 15 to 25 mph and gusts 25-40 mph. Strongest winds are expected in northcentral Kansas. Relative humidity is expected to be in the 13 to 20 percent range.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or will soon. 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.


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