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

wildfire Red Flag Warnings 3-7-2017

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.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.