A strong cold front is poised to cross Kansas Wednesday morning, Nov. 11. In its wake, very windy and dry conditions are anticipated with active fire weather conditions statewide, according to the Kansas Interagency Wildfire Council.
Strongest winds are expected to focus across western and central Kansas Wednesday morning and into the afternoon. Wind gusts exceeding 50 mile per hour are likely, with sustained winds of 30-40 mph. The most potent combination of winds and low relative humidity will be concentrated from central to eastern Kansas in the afternoon, and these will be the areas with highest fire danger.
Most parts of the state have experienced their first freeze and seasonal grasses and shrubs are dead. Dry conditions, particularly in the east and central parts of the state during the last few weeks have allowed these fuels to cure and be potent fire carriers. The combination of strong winds and dried fuels will make fire suppression very difficult.
The Kansas Interagency Wildfire Council, a coalition of state and federal agencies with the goal of providing an integrated approach to fire management, urges everyone to be aware of potential ignition sources including: cigarette butts, car exhaust, and waste burning. Avoid exposure to fuel sources such as dried grass, brush, leaves and other materials that are easy to ignite. Outdoor burning should be avoided.