High winds buffeted much of Kansas on Wednesday, including the Flint Hills.
The KVOE studios recorded a peak wind gust of 49 mph in the 2 pm hour Wednesday. Other peak gusts:
*Emporia Municipal Airport: 49 mph
*Matfield Green: 51 mph
*Strong City area: 47 mph
The combination of high winds, low humidity levels and dry grasses prompted the National Weather Service to issue red flag warnings, with authorities urging area residents not to conduct planned burns and also to watch previous burned areas for possible rekindles. No out-of-control grass fires were reported in Lyon County on Wednesday.