(SIOUX FALLS) The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for a portion of southwest Iowa from noon to 7 p.m. today. This also includes an extreme fire danger and fire weather watch for Pottawattamie, Shelby, Montgomery, Page, Monona, Harrison, Mills, and Fremont counties.
Kyle Weisser with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls says there are several things that contribute to issuing a Red Flag Warning.
“The first is wind; usually you need quite a bit of wind. The second is dry conditions and not only do we mean dry as in the air mass but also dry conditions at the surface with the vegetation,” explained Weisser. “And as we get into the fall and all the summer time grasses start to dry out and with the wind, heat and lack of humidity today any fires that do start could quickly get out of hand.”
Weisser said burning today would not be a smart move. He said if you have any plans for burning, contact a local fire official before doing so.
Weisser said the elevated fire danger could last through Thursday or even Friday for all of southwest Iowa.