The fire danger across the Flint Hills has been high for weeks, and it's even higher Thursday.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for extreme fire danger, affecting Lyon, Chase, Coffey, Morris, Osage and Wabaunsee counties from 1 to 7 pm.
Red flag warnings are issued for a combination of dry vegetation, warm temperatures, high winds and low relative humidity levels. TV-13 meteorologist Drew Switzer says the humidity levels, not wind gusts as high as 30 mph, will be the main concern.
Firefighters kept watch on Tuesday night's fire along the Americus Road S-curves all day Wednesday after it destroyed around 200 hay bales and encroached upon several homes before it was knocked down. On KVOE's 7:05 am newscast Wednesday, Emporia Battalion Chief Rich Gould said we haven't received any help recently from Mother Nature.
Area fire crews have been stretched to say the least this week, with at least 10 grass fires reported. Several were original fires, but several others had rekindled from previous burns.
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