Red Flag Warnings Wednesday for parts of eight states

Portions of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Iowa, Missouri, Texas, and Oklahoma

UPDATED at 9:08 a.m. MST Dec. 15, 2021

Originally published at 7:33 p.m. MST Dec. 14, 2021

 Flag Warnings Dec. 15, 2021
Red Flag Warnings Dec. 15, 2021. NWS / Google.

Critical fire weather on Wednesday December 15 has now been confirmed for eastern Colorado, most of Kansas, southeast Nebraska, eastern New Mexico, southwest Iowa, northwest Missouri, and the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma.

Red Flag Warnings issued by the National Weather Service Tuesday predict very strong west or southwest winds 30 to 45 mph with gusts to 60 or 80 depending on the location and relative humidity in the low teens. Red Flag Warnings will expire Wednesday evening.

With the area experiencing levels of drought ranging from moderate to extreme, the fuels are dry and could be easily ignited. Vegetation fires could spread very rapidly and be difficult to suppress.

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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.

One thought on “Red Flag Warnings Wednesday for parts of eight states”

  1. Multiple large fires broke out in the Texas Panhandle, OK, and KS.
    The west side of Ellis KS got evacuated and wind gusts in the area were measured to 100 mph. Guymon, OK had evacs also as did Sheridan county KS, Skellytown, TX, etc. Several fire warnings were issued. I saw measured gusts at 10 meters at work of 71. 60 mph.


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