Rangeland Fire Danger Forecast
Issued by NWS Sioux Falls, SD

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RANGELAND FIRE DANGER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD
528 AM CDT SUN MAR 29 2015

.DISCUSSION...
VERY STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE REGION
TODAY... WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH AT TIMES. WIND SPEEDS WILL DIMINISH
THROUGH THE JAMES RIVER VALLEY AND POINTS WESTWARD BY MID TO LATE
AFTERNOON...BUT HUMIDITY LEVELS WILL DROP TO CRITICAL LEVELS AT
THE SAME TIME. HUMIDITY LEVELS WILL BE SOMEWHAT HIGHER TO THE EAST
TOWARD SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA AND ADJACENT AREAS. HOWEVER...WINDS
WILL ALSO REMAIN STRONGEST IN THESE AREAS THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.
THUS FIRE DANGER WILL REACH EXTREME LEVELS ACROSS THE REGION THIS
AFTERNOON.

A RED FLAG WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE LOWER BRULE...JAMES
RIVER VALLEY...AND MISSOURI RIVER/LOWER BIG SIOUX VALLEY AREAS
THIS AFTERNOON...WHERE THE LOWEST HUMIDITY LEVELS ARE EXPECTED. A
FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE MIDDLE BIG SIOUX
VALLEY...SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA...AND THE IOWA GREAT LAKES WHERE
HUMIDITY LEVELS WILL BE HIGHER.

WESTERLY FLOW ON MONDAY SHOULD FAVOR STRONG MIXING...RESULTING IN
AFTERNOON WIND GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH OR SLIGHTLY HIGHER...ALONG
WITH MINIMUM HUMIDITY LEVELS FROM 20 TO 25 PERCENT OVER MUCH OF
THE THE AREA. FIRE DANGER WILL BE VERY HIGH THROUGHOUT THE AREA...
BUT COULD APPROACH EXTREME IF WINDS BECOME SLIGHTLY STRONGER THAN
FORECAST.

ELEVATED FIRE DANGER LEVELS WILL BE POSSIBLE AGAIN WEDNESDAY AND
THURSDAY.

CONSIDER POSTPONING BURNING DUE TO THE EXTREME FIRE DANGER.
PEOPLE ARE URGED TO EXERCISE EXTREME CARE WITH RESPECT TO OUTDOOR
ACTIVITIES THAT COULD CAUSE GRASS FIRES. AVOID EQUIPMENT THAT CAN
CAUSE SPARKS NEAR DRY GRASS OR BRUSH. DO NOT TOSS CIGARETTES ON
THE GROUND. REPORT NEW FIRES QUICKLY TO THE NEAREST FIRE
DEPARTMENT OR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICE.

IAZ012-020-021-031-032-NEZ013-014-SDZ038-050-052>054-057>061-
063>071-292315-
SIOUX-PLYMOUTH-CHEROKEE-WOODBURY-IDA-DIXON-DAKOTA-BEADLE-GREGORY-
JERAULD-SANBORN-MINER-BRULE-AURORA-DAVISON-HANSON-MCCOOK-
CHARLES MIX-DOUGLAS-HUTCHINSON-TURNER-LINCOLN SD-BON HOMME-
YANKTON-CLAY SD-UNION-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ORANGE CITY...SIOUX CENTER...LE MARS...
CHEROKEE...SIOUX CITY...IDA GROVE...HOLSTEIN...BATTLE CREEK...
WAKEFIELD...PONCA...ALLEN...SOUTH SIOUX CITY...HURON...GREGORY...
BURKE...WESSINGTON SPRINGS...ALPENA...WOONSOCKET...HOWARD...
CHAMBERLAIN...KIMBALL...PLANKINTON...WHITE LAKE...STICKNEY...
MITCHELL...ALEXANDRIA...EMERY...SALEM...CANISTOTA...BRIDGEWATER...
MONTROSE...WAGNER...PLATTE...LAKE ANDES...MARTY...ARMOUR...
CORSICA...DELMONT...PARKSTON...FREEMAN...MENNO...TRIPP...PARKER...
CENTERVILLE...MARION...VIBORG...HURLEY...CHANCELLOR...CANTON...
LENNOX...TEA...HARRISBURG...TYNDALL...SCOTLAND...SPRINGFIELD...
AVON...TABOR...YANKTON...VERMILLION...NORTH SIOUX CITY...
BERESFORD...ELK POINT...ALCESTER...JEFFERSON
528 AM CDT SUN MAR 29 2015

...EXTREME FIRE DANGER...

THE GRASSLAND FIRE DANGER INDEX WILL REACH THE EXTREME CATEGORY
THIS AFTERNOON. EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS OR A VERY LOW
MOISTURE CONTENT OF GRASSES...AND OTHER DRY ORGANIC MATERIAL
ON THE GROUND...INDICATE THAT CRITICAL BURNING CONDITIONS EXIST.
A FIRE WILL START EASILY AND HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME LARGE
AND SPREAD QUICKLY BECOMING ERRATIC WITH EXTREME BEHAVIORAL
CHARACTERISTICS. NO OUTDOOR BURNING SHOULD TAKE PLACE.

THE OUTLOOK FOR MONDAY AFTERNOON...THE GRASSLAND FIRE DANGER
INDEX WILL REACH THE VERY HIGH CATEGORY.


$$

IAZ001>003-013-014-022-MNZ071-072-080-081-089-090-097-098-SDZ039-
040-055-056-062-292315-
LYON IA-OSCEOLA-DICKINSON-O`BRIEN-CLAY IA-BUENA VISTA-LINCOLN MN-
LYON MN-MURRAY-COTTONWOOD-NOBLES-JACKSON-PIPESTONE-ROCK-KINGSBURY-
BROOKINGS-LAKE-MOODY-MINNEHAHA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ROCK RAPIDS...GEORGE...INWOOD...
LARCHWOOD...SIBLEY...SPIRIT LAKE...MILFORD...ARNOLDS PARK...
SHELDON...HARTLEY...SANBORN...SPENCER...STORM LAKE...TYLER...
HENDRICKS...LAKE BENTON...IVANHOE...MARSHALL...SLAYTON...FULDA...
WINDOM...MOUNTAIN LAKE...WORTHINGTON...JACKSON...LAKEFIELD...
PIPESTONE...LUVERNE...DE SMET...ARLINGTON...LAKE PRESTON...
BROOKINGS...MADISON...FLANDREAU...SIOUX FALLS
528 AM CDT SUN MAR 29 2015

...EXTREME FIRE DANGER...

THE GRASSLAND FIRE DANGER INDEX WILL REACH THE EXTREME CATEGORY
THIS AFTERNOON. EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS OR A VERY LOW
MOISTURE CONTENT OF GRASSES...AND OTHER DRY ORGANIC MATERIAL
ON THE GROUND...INDICATE THAT CRITICAL BURNING CONDITIONS EXIST.
A FIRE WILL START EASILY AND HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME LARGE
AND SPREAD QUICKLY BECOMING ERRATIC WITH EXTREME BEHAVIORAL
CHARACTERISTICS. NO OUTDOOR BURNING SHOULD TAKE PLACE.

THE OUTLOOK FOR MONDAY AFTERNOON...THE GRASSLAND FIRE DANGER
INDEX WILL REACH THE VERY HIGH CATEGORY.


$$


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