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UPDATE: High wind warnings added to growing list of wind related advisories Tuesday

UPDATE: High wind warnings added to growing list of wind related advisories Tuesday KVOE News file photo

Outdoor burning will be strongly discouraged or flat-out banned Tuesday due to weather conditions.

Strong southerly winds are combining with dry grasses and low humidity levels to push the fire danger into the very high or extreme categories across the KVOE listening area. There have been several grass fires over the past month, including some small out-of-control burns, and Emporia Fire Marshal Reason Bradford encourages people to check prior burns so they don't rekindle.

Bradford says "everything is dry," with abundant vegetation from abnormally high rainfall amounts earlier this year now going dormant.

Wind advisories are up for the entire area, with Lyon, Coffey, Morris, Osage and Wabaunsee counties in an advisory from 9 pm Tuesday through 3 am Wednesday and Chase and Greenwood counties in a separate advisory from 6 pm Tuesday to 3 am Wednesday. Winds will be steadily in the 15-20 mph range but could climb as high as 45 mph at times. 

A high wind warning has also been issued for Lyon, Coffey and Osage counties until 6 am Wednesday.  Greenwood County is in a separate high wind warning from 4 pm Tuesday until 3 am Wednesday. 

Greenwood County also has a red flag warning posted from noon to midnight Tuesday for critical fire danger. Winds could be 30-40 mph steadily with gusts around 55 mph. Greenwood County issues automatic burn bans whenever red flag warnings are in effect. 

Be sure to take extra care with all fire materials at least through early Wednesday, when winds are expected to die down. We'll have updates as warranted on KVOE, and KVOE social media.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 26 November 2019 14:21