Extreme fire danger today in much of Kansas, including Wichita area

A red flag warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for much of northcentral, central and southeast Kansas until 5 p.m. today.

Gusty west to northwest winds will combine with low relative humidities to produce extreme fire danger this afternoon. More than 45 counties are covered by the red flag warning, which is issued whenever the threat of dangerous grass fires reaches an extreme level.

“Any fire which starts would spread rapidly and be very difficult to extinguish,” a statement issued by the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service reports. “Conditions are expected to improve by late afternoon as winds diminish.”

West winds will be steady between 15 and 25 miles an hour, the weather service reports, with gusts reaching 35 mph.