Extreme Fire Danger Wednesday

Breezy, dry, and warm conditions will lead to an extreme fire danger on Wednesday across most of Central and Eastern Kansas.

Firefighters battle Lyon Co. grass fire on March 20, 2014 (Photo by: Chuck Samples/KVOE)

BREEZY SOUTHWEST WINDS DEVELOP ACROSS CENTRAL AND EASTERN KANSAS LATE
THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON. ALONG WITH THE BREEZY
CONDITIONS COMES DRIER AIR...AND WHEN COMBINED WITH CONTINUED DRY
AND CURED VEGETATION ACROSS THE AREA...CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE
FOR EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR. A RED FLAG WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR
NORTH CENTRAL...NORTHEAST AND MUCH OF EAST CENTRAL KANSAS.

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO
9 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND STRONG WINDS
FOR NORTH CENTRAL...NORTHEAST AND EAST CENTRAL KANSAS...

* AFFECTED AREA...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 008 REPUBLIC...FIRE WEATHER
ZONE 009 WASHINGTON...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 010 MARSHALL...FIRE
WEATHER ZONE 011 NEMAHA...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 012 BROWN...FIRE
WEATHER ZONE 020 CLOUD...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 021 CLAY...FIRE
WEATHER ZONE 022 RILEY...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 023 POTTAWATOMIE...
FIRE WEATHER ZONE 024 JACKSON...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 026
JEFFERSON... FIRE WEATHER ZONE 034 OTTAWA...FIRE WEATHER ZONE
035 DICKINSON... FIRE WEATHER ZONE 036 GEARY...FIRE WEATHER
ZONE 037 MORRIS...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 038 WABAUNSEE...FIRE
WEATHER ZONE 039 SHAWNEE...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 040 DOUGLAS...
FIRE WEATHER ZONE 054 LYON...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 055 OSAGE...
FIRE WEATHER ZONE 056 FRANKLIN...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 058 COFFEY
AND FIRE WEATHER ZONE 059 ANDERSON.

* WINDS...SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.

* TIMING...WINDY CONDITIONS WILL BE ONGOING THROUGHOUT THE DAY...
WITH RH VALUES DROPPING INTO THE 18 TO 24 PERCENT RANGE BY EARLY
AFTERNOON.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 18 PERCENT.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE MIDDLE TO UPPER 70S ACROSS EASTERN KANSAS
AND INTO THE LOW 80S OVER NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS.

* IMPACTS...FIRES CAN START QUICKLY...SPREAD FURIOUSLY AND BURN
INTENSELY. ALL FIRES ARE POTENTIALLY SERIOUS. ALL OUTDOOR
BURNING SHOULD BE AVOIDED IN RED FLAG CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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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