8:45 pm Sunday: Fire weather watch covers area for Monday afternoon, evening
The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for the KVOE listening area and parts of central Kansas for Monday.
The watch runs from noon to 8 pm and affects Lyon and all surrounding counties.
Fire weather watches are issued when conditions are favorable for rapid fire growth. Monday's forecast calls for highs near 60 degrees and relative humidity levels at or below 25 percent. Vegetation is already bone-dry across the area, and wind gusts as high as 40 mph are expected at times Monday.
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11:15 am Sunday: Red flag warning in place for Lyon, some surrounding counties
With fire danger at critical levels, the National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for Lyon and two surrounding counties Sunday.
The warning runs through 4 pm for Lyon, Morris and Wabaunsee counties. Outdoor burning is now banned in Lyon County while the warning is in effect.
The NWS issues red flag warnings for a combination of weather conditions: dry vegetation, low humidity levels and high winds. Conditions have been dry since late October. Humidity levels will be at 10-20 percent all day. Northwest winds will be steady at 10-20 mph with higher gusts.
Fire conditions will also be extreme Monday. Dry conditions will continue and wind gusts will be as high as 40 mph.
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