Red flag warning extended in Kansas

The red flag warning has been extended to 8 p.m. today in south-central Kansas as fierce south winds continue to blast the Sunflower State.

More than 60 Kansas counties are now in a red flag warning, which means a critical fire danger exists or soon will exist because of strong winds, low humidity and abundant fuel sources. Wichita has recorded maximum wind gusts of 48 miles an hour so far this afternoon, weather service meteorologist Jerilyn Billings said, with sustained winds of 37 mph.