Weather Service Cautions: Wildfire Risk High Today, Avoid Use Of Fire If Possible

Date posted - March 10, 2012

Very dangerous fire weather conditions are expected Saturday across far southeast South Dakota, northwest Iowa, southwest Minnesota and extreme northeast Nebraska. Strong south to southwest winds combined with dry air across the region will create the potential for rapid fire growth across the region today. As temperatures warm Into the 60s and 70s this afternoon, relative humidities are expected to fall to 15 to 25 percent. This will result in very dangerous fire weather conditions.

A warning for such weather is called a “Red Flag Warning,” and one has been issued for northwest Iowa today. Any fires that do start will spread rapidly due to the dangerous windy and dry conditions, coupled with dormant vegetation.

The grassland fire danger index will also be in the extreme category.

The National Weather Service advises that debris burning is the number one cause of wildfires. We are advised to please be careful with any use of fire, and postpone any use of fire if at all possible.

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