(DES MOINES) A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for part of southwest Iowa, including Crawford, Carroll, Audubon, Guthrie, Dallas, Cass, Adair, Adams, Monona, Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont and Page Counties.
The National Weather Service says south, southwest winds will increase on Tuesday morning along with plummeting relative humidity. This will result in dangerous fire weather conditions across much of northern and western Iowa on Tuesday afternoon and evening.
South, southwest winds of 20 to 25 mph are forecast, with gust to near 40 mph possible at times. Relative humidity will drop to 30 percent or lower in some areas by noon and bottom out at 20 to 25 percent in the afternoon.
Many wild grasses have not fully greened up due to the late spring and will burn more easily than is typical for this time of year. Fires will spread quickly in these dangerous conditions and burning is strongly discouraged.