Extreme Fire Weather Conditions Monday

By: National Weather Service
By: National Weather Service

EXTREME FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS EXPECTED MONDAY AFTERNOON...

.SOUTHERLY WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS BY MONDAY AFTERNOON WITH GUSTS UPWARDS OF 30 MPH. THESE GUSTY WINDS WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY WARM TEMPERATURES NEAR 70
DEGREES AND DRY CONDITIONS WITH DEWPOINT TEMPERATURES ONLY IN THE 20S. AS A RESULT...RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES OVER THE WARNING AREA WILL LIKELY DROP INTO THE UPPER TEENS TO AROUND 20 PERCENT MONDAY
AFTERNOON. THESE CONDITIONS SHOULD IMPROVE BY EARLY MONDAY EVENING.

COUNTIES WITH THE HIGHEST FIRE DANGER:
REPUBLIC-WASHINGTON-MARSHALL-CLOUD-CLAY-RILEY-OTTAWA-DICKINSON-GEARY-

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TOPEKA HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 8 PM CDT MONDAY.

* WINDS...SOUTH 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

* TIMING...SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE BY EARLY AFTERNOON WITH THE HIGHEST WIND GUSTS EXPECTED BY MID AFTERNOON. CONDITIONS SHOULD IMPROVE BY EARLY EVENING.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 19 PERCENT.

* TEMPERATURES...UPPER 60S TO NEAR 70 DEGREES.

* IMPACTS...ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL GROW AND SPREAD RAPIDLY. THESE FIRES WILL BECOME VERY DIFFICULT IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTROL. ALL OUTDOOR BURNING SHOULD BE AVOIDED ON MONDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

THOSE THAT AREN'T IN THE OFFICIAL RED FLAG WARNING THE REST OF NORTHEAST KANSAS IS STILL IN THE VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER CATEGORY DESPITE LOWER WINDS AND HIGHER RELATIVE HUMIDITIES EXPECTED.

Posted by: Doug Meyers


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