Feb 23, 2021 7:53 PM

NWS issues red flag warnings for Lincoln, Mitchell counties

Posted Feb 23, 2021 7:53 PM

Red flag warnings have been issued for counties in our area.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Wichita has issued a red flag warning in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday for Lincoln County.

Extreme grassland fire danger is forecast. Winds from the southwest at 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph are expected, with relative humidity as low as 13 percent.

Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly and become very difficult to control. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

NWS in Hastings, Neb., has issued a red flag warning in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday for Mitchell County.

Winds from the southwest at 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph are expected. Winds will then shift to the northwest late this afternoon as a cold front moves through.

Relative humidity as low as 15 percent is forecast.

Any fires that develop will be difficult to control. Outdoor burning is not recommended. Use extreme caution if engaging in activities that could start a fire.