The Rangeland Fire Index will be “high” today, officials caution.
Warmer-than-normal temperatures and an extended dry spell have set the stage for dangerous conditions, Sedgwick County Fire Marshal Tim Millspaugh said.
Winds gusts are expected to approach 30 miles an hour and humidity is projected to drop below 25 percent this afternoon. That will create a situation in which fires can start very easily and spread rapidly, making control by the property owner very difficult, Millspaugh said.
Firefighters in Sedgwick County expect to be very busy and ask that all citizens be extremely careful with outdoor activities to help reduce the risk of fire.
All outdoor burning is discouraged, especially near grassy areas. Any outdoor grinding, cutting or welding of metal also is highly discouraged.