High fire danger across Kansas


Several wildfires burned in Kansas Monday, and a red flag warning is in effect again Tuesday across most of the state.

The National Weather Service stated strong northwest winds will put the grassland fire danger at "catastrophic" and "extreme" levels Tuesday.
A wildfire in Clark County burned 1,600 acres Monday, and other wildfires were reported in Stevens County and Smith County.



Most of Kansas is dealing with a high fire risk for at least the next few days. 

Dry, windy conditions mean any fires could spread out of control dangerously fast. Sedgwick County, along with most of central and eastern Kansas is under a red flag warning Monday. That means conditions can lead to severe fires. Many areas are under a fire weather watch Tuesday as well, but that may be upgraded if conditions don't improve. 

The National Weather Service in Wichita has outlined an area facing catastrophic fire danger Monday. That area runs from Harper to Lincoln County, staying mainly west of Wichita.

Keeping flammable things away from your home can help keep you safe if a grass fires moves your way. Brush piles, dead leaves, lumber, and similar items should be kept as far from your home as possible.

One of the best ways to avoid fires is to keep from tossing cigarettes out of your car. Even in paved areas, the wind can blow smoldering butts into the grass and a fire could rapidly spread. 

The Wichita area could see some moisture on Saturday, but current forecasts suggest only a 10-percent chance.

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