Very high fire danger returns to area Friday

After the critical fire danger seen Thursday, the fire danger Friday will still be very high although not to the critical level. Outdoor burning is discouraged.
Emergency Management Coordinator Jarrod Fell says everything is in place for serious grass fires, and not just in the short term. He's encouraging residents to take extra care with recent fires.
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On Thursday, firefighters from Emporia and Reading were called out to what's officially being called a garden shed fire at 2132 Road U, the property of Jon and Val Steavenson. An electrical issue destroyed the shed and damaged both a pole barn and an electric pole. Nobody was hurt.
Also, firefighters from Hartford-Neosho Rapids and Olpe went to a grass fire in the 1100 block of Road 50. That fire was knocked down relatively quickly. No injuries were reported. The cause has not been announced.
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4:25 pm Thursday: Fire destroys garden shed near Reading; grass fire develops east of Olpe
The extreme fire danger has borne itself out to some degree in Lyon County.
Emporia and Reading fire crews were called to a shed fire in the 2100 block of Road U shortly before 1 pm, while Olpe and Hartford-Neosho Rapids firefighters went to the 1100 block of Road 50 for a grass fire around 2 pm. Both were handled relatively quickly.
Emergency Management Coordinator Jarrod Fell says everything is in place for critical fire danger.
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A red flag warning continues until 6 pm, meaning an automatic burn ban in Lyon County while the red flag warning is in effect.
Fell encourages people to put extra effort into extinguishing grass fires this season so the risk of rekindles is lowered. He also reminds people that this is the final year of the county's two-year cycle for free burn permits, so everybody in the county needs a new permit next year regardless of whether they recently obtained one.
6:25 am Thursday: Red flag warning posted; Lyon County outdoor burns banned Thursday
Outdoor burning will not be allowed in Lyon County and several surrounding counties starting late Thursday morning.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from 11 am to 6 pm for critical fire danger. Lyon County and several surrounding counties automatically ban outdoor burns whenever red flag warnings are issued, either for the specific ban times like Lyon County or for the entire day.
Any fires that develop will likely spread quickly and be difficult to control. Grass fires from the past two or three days should be closely monitored as well for the risk of rekindles.
Stay updated on KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media with the fire danger in place.
4:20 pm Wednesday: Fire weather watch affects area Thursday
There is only one weather problem with the forecast Thursday -- fire danger.
Temperatures will be around 70 degrees with abundant sunshine, but a fire weather watch has been issued for Lyon and surrounding counties. This is in effect from Thursday morning through afternoon for a combination of factors. Here's National Weather Service meteorologist Brandon Drake:
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Friday will see similar conditions for the most part, but humidity levels could be a bit higher than what is expected for Thursday. Regardless, we'll keep you updated on KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media.