Extreme Fire Danger Across The Area Monday And Tuesday


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Extreme fire danger warnings are in effect for today and Tuesday as strong southerly winds and dry conditions are creating favorable conditions for wild fire, especially across central western Kansas.

A Red Flag Warning is in place from Noon to 7 P.M. Wind gusts from to 40-50 m.p.h. will be possible. Gusty winds this morning have pushed clouds into central Kansas. Sunny skies will dominate the west, while cloudy to mostly cloudy skies hang around for central Kansas.

A grass fire burned about 1,000 acres of ground near Junction City over the weekend.

Highs today will reach the 60s and near 70 in our part of the state. There is a slight chance of showers this afternoon, with better chances of showers and even a few thunderstorms tonight as a cold front moves through the region.

The cold front will move through the state tonight and may trigger additional showers and storms. A few storms may be strong, however severe weather is not expected at this time. Precipitation amounts will remain less than 0.25″. Which will not do much in the current dry conditions to stave of fire danger.

A High Wind Watch is in place across North Central Kansas for Monday as wind gusts may even approach 60 m.p.h. This will create blowing dust at times, and fire danger will be extremely high statewide.


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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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