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Conditions ripe for fires to get out of control, says NWS

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Posted at 3:58 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 22:23:17-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Just before noon Wednesday, the National Weather Service of Omaha said extreme fire weather conditions will be in place through early next week.

On their website, they said:

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of southwest Iowa...west central Iowa...east central Nebraska...northeast Nebraska and southeast Nebraska.

DAY ONE...This Afternoon and Tonight

Very high fire danger will exist this afternoon in northeast Nebraska with high danger in southeast Nebraska. Relative humidities dropping to lower than 30 percent, southwest winds gusting over 20 mph, along with dry grasses, will lead to the potentially dangerous fire weather conditions.

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Thursday through Tuesday

Extreme fire danger is forecast for Thursday for eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa with strong northwest winds and low humidity. Fire weather conditions could develop Saturday and Sunday as high temperatures climb into the upper 60s. This time, they`ll be accompanied by gusty southerly winds.

The outlook is in effect for the following Nebraska and Iowa counties:

  • Monona
  • Harrison
  • Shelby
  • Pottawattamie
  • Mills-Montgomery
  • Fremont
  • Page
  • Knox
  • Cedar
  • Thurston
  • Antelope
  • Pierce
  • Wayne
  • Boone
  • Madison
  • Stanton
  • Cuming
  • Burt
  • Platte
  • Colfax
  • Dodge
  • Washington
  • Butler
  • Saunders
  • Douglas
  • Sarpy
  • Seward
  • Lancaster
  • Cass
  • Otoe
  • Saline
  • Jefferson
  • Gage
  • Johnson
  • Nemaha
  • Pawnee
  • Richardson