WEATHER: Wind advisory lengthened for Lyon, most surrounding counties; fire danger still very high for Saturday Featured

WEATHER: Wind advisory lengthened for Lyon, most surrounding counties; fire danger still very high for Saturday National Weather Service graphic

Outdoor burning is banned in one area county and strongly discouraged across the rest of the KVOE listening area with high winds in Saturday's forecast.


Wind advisories cover the area for much of the day. Lyon, Coffey, Morris, Osage and Wabaunsee counties are in one advisory from 8 am-3 pm. Chase and Greenwood counties are in an advisory from 9 am-3 pm.

Straight-line winds will be steadily at 20-30 mph during the advisory, but wind gusts could get as high as 55 mph -- just below the criteria for low-end severe thunderstorms.

By themselves, the winds could lead to power outages, downed tree limbs, unsecured objects like Polycarts blown around and difficulties traveling for high-profile vehicles like semis. However, The ongoing abnormally dry conditions also rev up the fire danger until the wind improves. Humidity levels are too high for a red flag warning, but fires will move rapidly if they develop.

Travelers need to avoid throwing cigarette butts out of their vehicles. Drivers with chains on their vehicles also need to make sure they are secured. Landowners need to check previous controlled burns from this week to avert any rekindles.

The only countywide burn ban in our area is Osage County, which began Friday evening and continues until 8 am Sunday.

We'll keep you updated on KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media.

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