Despite moisture, fire danger high in Kansas

Erika Holt
April 18, 2018

Winds will be shifting from the southwest to the northwest as a cold front moves through this evening. Lows tonight will be in the 20's and 30's. Much calmer for tomorrow.

State officials are reminding Kansans that recent rain and snow did not significantly reduce fire danger in the state.

Within the Warned Area, temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s, clear skies and relative humidity values of 5 to 15 percent will deliver fine-dead fuel moisture values as low as 2 percent with widespread observations of 3 percent expected. Gusty winds with very high fire danger early. Southwest winds could be nearly as strong over the Southeast New Mexico Plains, northwestern Permian Basin, Upper Trans Pecos and Van Horn area. The Colorado wildfires were expected to develop between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday and gusts are expected to be as high as 65 miles per hour.

A fire that broke out in a suburban Denver neighborhood in high winds has burned two homes.

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Because of that, a High Wind Watch is in effect for all of these areas - which includes Gaines County - from Tuesday morning until Tuesday evening.

REST OF THE WEEK: Wind improve considerably for Wednesday with highs in the 60's.

Looking ahead toward late week, storms may return to the region as early as Thursday and across the south plains by late Friday into early Saturday.

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