Red Flag Warnings, March 8, 2017

The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for areas in Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana.

The warnings, for strong winds and low relative humidity, expire Wednesday evening.

The map was current as of 9:30 a.m. MST on Wednesday. Red Flag Warnings can change throughout the day as the National Weather Service offices around the country update and revise their forecasts.

Red Flag Warnings for the central U.S., March 7, 2017

Firefighters in Kansas and Oklahoma will have to contend with difficult weather conditions for a second day as Red Flag Warnings have been issued for those states as well as portions of Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri. The wind will not be as strong as it was on Monday but it will be quite breezy with very low relative humidities. At 10:40 a.m. on Tuesday the relative humidity in many areas of western Kansas had already dropped into the teens.

On Tuesday the wind in Kansas, northwestern Oklahoma, and southern Nebraska will be generally be out of the west during the daylight hours, which should push any uncontained fires and smoke toward the east.

Most of the Red Flag Warnings expire Tuesday evening. The wind in these areas will decrease significantly on Wednesday.

Kansas relative humidity map
The red numbers represent relative humidity in Kansas at 10:40 a.m. CST, March 7, 2017. The wind barbs point to the direction the wind is from.

The map was current as of 9:30 a.m. MT on Tuesday. Red Flag Warnings can change throughout the day as the National Weather Service offices around the country update and revise their forecasts.

Red Flag Warnings in 9 states, March 6, 2017

The National Weather Service has posted Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches for areas in South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. Most of warnings expire Monday evening.

Many of the areas will have sustained winds of at least 20 to 40 mph with gusts exceeding 50 mph. Tuesday’s forecast includes diminished but still strong winds.

The map was current as of 10:05 a.m. MT on Monday. Red Flag Warnings can change throughout the day as the National Weather Service offices around the country update and revise their forecasts.

Red Flag Warnings in eight states, March 5, 2017

The National Weather Service has posted Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches for areas in Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas.

There is some confusion about the forecast in Nebraska. While the map shows Red Flag Warnings in at least two areas within the state, other indications are that those Warnings were cancelled.

All areas are expected to have strong winds and low humidities.

The map was current as of 11:20 a.m. MT on Sunday. Red Flag Warnings can change throughout the day as the National Weather Service offices around the country update and revise their forecasts.

Red Flag Warnings, March 4, 2017

The National Weather Service has posted Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches for areas in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. The Red Flag areas (in red) expire Saturday evening. Most of the Fire Weather Watch areas (in yellow) expire Sunday evening.

All areas are expected to have strong winds and low humidities.

The map was current as of 9:25 a.m. MT on Saturday. Red Flag Warnings can change throughout the day as the National Weather Service offices around the country update and revise their forecasts.

Red Flag Warnings February 23, 2017

The National Weather Service has posted Red Flag Warnings that expire Thursday evening for areas in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

All of the areas are expected to have dry fuels, strong winds, and low humidities.

The map was current as of 8:28 a.m. MT on Thursday. Red Flag Warnings can change throughout the day as the National Weather Service offices around the country update and revise their forecasts.