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In historic event, portions of eight Central states under red-flag warnings

by Bill Gabbert, Wildfire Today |

For the first time in history, the National Weather Service confirmed critical fire weather in December for eastern Colorado, most of Kansas, southeast Nebraska, eastern New Mexico, southwest Iowa, northwest Missouri, and the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma.

Red-flag warnings issued by the National Weather Service Tuesday predict very strong west or southwest winds 30-45 mph with gusts to 60-80 mph, depending on the location, and relative humidity in the low teens. The warnings were set expire Wednesday evening.

With the area experiencing levels of drought ranging from moderate to extreme, the fuels are dry and could be easily ignited. Vegetation fires could spread very rapidly and be difficult to suppress.