Red flag warning up; skid loader fire handled quickly

Outdoor burning hasn't been recommended for a couple weeks, but it's strongly discouraged Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for Lyon and most surrounding counties until 6 pm.

This replaces a fire weather watch for the counties which had been issued Thursday. Chase and Greenwood counties are not currently involved in the red flag warning and have been dropped from the fire weather watch.

Emporia Fire Battalion Chief Rich Gould warns area residents to be fire-safe -- and not only Friday.

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Lyon County deputies and Americus crews were called out to the 2400 block of Road "C" around 11 am after a skid loader caught fire. Americus firefighter Nick Gadino says a hydraulic issue caused the small blaze. The fire did not get into any nearby property.

Red flag warnings are issued when a combination of dry vegetation, warm temperatures, high winds and low humidities are in place. Temperatures will approach 50 degrees with relative humidity levels at 20 percent or below and wind gusts as high as 40 mph.

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