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Kansas City metro under red flag warning for increased fire risk

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Posted at 10:47 AM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 11:47:58-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A red flag warning will be in effect for the Kansas City metro on Thursday, with dry and windy conditions contributing to an increased risk for fires in the area.

The Nation Weather Service said that dry grasses and vegetation following winter, combined with strong winds and low humidity, “will lead to dangerous weather conditions” on Thursday afternoon. The red flag warning will be in effect from noon to 6 p.m.

Outdoor burning should be avoided. Any fires that do start “will spread out of control very quickly,” according to the National Weather Service.

Some metro cities began issuing burn bans Thursday morning.

Independence officials said its fire department had put a burn ban in effect from Thursday morning through 8 a.m. Monday for all outdoor or open fires, with the exception of residential barbecuing.

“Extremely combustible vegetation and foliage have created conditions where rapidly moving natural cover fires can occur,” Independence Fire Chief Doug Short said in a news release Thursday morning. “In the interest of community safety, citizens are reminded to properly dispose of smoking materials, fireplace logs and barbeque charcoal by placing them in a metal container after dousing with water.”

Independence officials said high winds and low humidity were factors in their decision.

Wind gusts up to 40 mph are expected on Thursday, with humidity values of 20% or lower.

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A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are in place or will occur shortly, according to the National Weather Service.

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