National Weather Service Issues Fire Danger Warning

By:  Newsroom

The National Weather Service has issued fire danger warnings for Southern Nebraska counties stretching from Colorado east to Thayer County.

The red flag warning goes into effect at 11 a.m. Wednesday and will last until 9 p.m.  The weather service cites a combination of factors in issuing the warning, including expected temperatures ranging up to 113, low humidity and winds gusting to 35 mph.

The U.S. Forest Service says tougher fire restrictions are planned for the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands because of extremely dry and hot conditions and the threat of wildfires.

The Forest Service says the entire area is moving into a stage two fire restriction order. That includes no campfires, no explosives, no welding and no smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

The order covers the Nebraska and Samuel R. McKelvie National Forests and the Buffalo Gap, Ft. Pierre and Oglala National Grasslands, which have been under stage one restrictions since late March.

The Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands are located in central and western Nebraska and western South Dakota. The area is made up of two national forests, three national grasslands and a tree nursery.