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Current Alerts & Warnings for Linn County, KS

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There is a chance for severe weather on Thursday afternoon and evening.

Wednesday will bring high winds with gusts from 30-40 MPH creating an extreme fire danger for the area. Burning will be banned on Wednesday during this time.

TODAY (Tuesday, March 31, 2015):

Afternoon weather conditions are rapidly deteriorating with relative humidity (RH) values projected to fall to between 20-25%. When RH values go below 30% it becomes difficult to almost impossible to control vegetation fires. This is especially true with winds above 20 MPH. Winds are forecast in the 10-12 MPH range this afternoon with some variation in direction expected. The combined conditions make prescribed burning activities very risky.

We also understand the need of our landowners to conduct burning activities for agricultural purposes and realize the timeframe to get this accomplished before vegetation greens up is short. Outdoor burning conditions for the remainder of the week look as bad or worse than today\'s poor conditions making a burn ban likely for the next few days.


With limited response resources available and the extremely marginal conditions this afternoon, we are going to try a limited burn approach where we limit the number of fires at any point in time. As soon as 1 burn is completed we will allow another to begin for those who are willing to risk burning in the poor conditions.

If you must burn today, please use all available prescribed burning techniques and methods to control your fires. Mowing or disking around the edges of the field, use back burns around the entire perimeter to prevent the fire from getting out of your containment area, have adequate people, equipment and water supplies available and any other appropriate methods as well. Please burn against the wind. It will be almost impossible to control any fire that is set with the wind today due to the very low relative humidity values forecast for this afternoon and evening.

Hopefully, we can work together to meet everyone\'s needs, interests and concerns.


Last Updated on: Tuesday March 31, 2015, 12:59:27

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