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NWS Fire Weather Forecast Map for Wednesday, April 9th
 
 
 Critical Fire weather conditions expected for Wednesday.

Unseasonably warm temperatures, lowest relative humidity from 15 to 20 percent, southwest winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph and dry grassland conditions, will combine to create an Extreme Fire Danger across the area.

Red Flag Warning remains in effect from noon today to 7 pm CDT this evening for wind and low relative humidity for Eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa.

  • Affected area: In Iowa, Fire Weather zone 043 Monona, Fire Weather zone 055 Harrison, Fire Weather zone 056 Shelby. Fire Weather zone 069 Pottawattamie, Fire Weather zone 079 Mills. Fire Weather zone 080 Montgomery, Fire Weather zone 090 Fremont and Fire Weather zone 091 page. In Nebraska, Fire Weather zone 011 Knox, Fire Weather zone 012 Cedar, Fire Weather zone 015 Thurston, Fire Weather zone 016 antelope. Fire Weather zone 017 Pierce, Fire Weather zone 018 Wayne. Fire Weather zone 030 Boone, Fire Weather zone 031 Madison. Fire Weather zone 032 Stanton, Fire Weather zone 033 Cuming. Fire Weather zone 034 Burt, Fire Weather zone 042 Platte. Fire Weather zone 043 Colfax, Fire Weather zone 044 Dodge. Fire Weather zone 045 Washington, Fire Weather zone 050 Butler, Fire Weather zone 051 Saunders, Fire Weather zone 052 Douglas, Fire Weather zone 053 Sarpy, Fire Weather zone 065 Seward, Fire Weather zone 066 Lancaster, Fire Weather zone 067 Cass, Fire Weather zone 068 Otoe, Fire Weather zone 078 Saline, Fire Weather zone 088 Jefferson, Fire Weather zone 089 Gage, Fire Weather zone 090 Johnson, Fire Weather zone 091 Nemaha, Fire Weather zone 092 Pawnee and Fire Weather zone 093 Richardson.
  • Winds: southwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
  • Relative humidity: as low as 15 percent.
  • Impacts: fires can easily Ignite and spread quickly. Any locations that had controlled burns Tuesday should ensure embers do not Re-ignite today.
 
Wednesday, April 9th, the National Weather Service is predicting elevated fire weather alert for the eastern three fourths of Nebraska (that's as of 1215 CDT on Tuesday, April 8th). Guess what? You are probably NOT going to get a burn permit Wednesday. Seward County has already issued a fire weather alert for the 8th and 9th.
 
Okay, so it's rained (a little bit), snowed (even less) and you know how to start a fire - you must have a burn permit issued by your local fire chief or his designee (who must be a member of the fire department) to legally start an open burn.
 
Once again - Nebraska has a permanent state wide open burning ban 365 days a year. The legal way to burn is to request a burn permit from your local fire chief for a specific date and time. If the National Weather Service issues a Red Flag Warning, no open burns are permitted. Red Flag Warnings are issued when temperature is warm, humidity is low and wind is strong - making any wildfire more dangerous due primarily to its rapid spread.
 
Burning without a permit is a citable offence .