Much Of Western Kansas Under High Fire Threat

By: AP
By: AP
The weather service issued ``red flag

A U.S. forest service firefighter battles towering flames burning along Little Tugunga Road, in the Angeles National Forest, about 20 miles north of downtown Los Angeles on Sunday Oct. 12, 2008. Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Ron Haralson says the blaze has charred up to 750 acres in the rugged area of Little Tujunga Canyon. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)

GOODLAND, Kan. (AP) _ The National Weather Service says high winds, dry land and low humidity are increasing the possibility of severe fire in much of western Kansas.

The weather service issued ``red flag'' warnings until 10 p.m. Monday, meaning conditions exist to spark fires and spread them quickly.

The National Weather Service also in Goodland also issued a fire weather watch through Tuesday. It says 15-25 mph winds and humidity that could fall to less than 5 percent mean any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

Residents in the area are discouraged from any outdoor burning for the next several days.

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