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Gusty Winds, Dry and Warm Weather Spark Several Grass Fires

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Record warmth, gusty winds and low humidity levels helped spark wildfires in parts of Kansas and Oklahoma on Sunday.

A grass fire near Topeka, Kansas forced some road closures and caused smoke visible from Interstate 70 on Sunday afternoon, while another near Bartlesville, Oklahoma razed plenty of land and at least one farm before being contained on Sunday as well. Another near Kansas City reportedly killed a dog after gusty winds knocked over a tree onto a power line, sparking the blaze.

Other small grass fires were reported in Ponca City, Oklahoma and Belle Plaine, Minnesota. No significant damage was reported with either.

Red Flag Warnings were in place from Nebraska to Arizona as unusually mild conditions, fanned by gusty winds and low relative humidity values, created the warm, dry and windy weather favored for wild and grass fires. Those conditions are expected to ease significantly into Monday out ahead of a potent area of low pressure that could deliver both flooding rains and severe weather for much of the upcoming week.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photo: Kansas Turnpike

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