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Grassland Fire Danger Statement

 

IMPORTANT NOTE regarding the colors on the Grassland Fire Danger Map:
In order to ensure greater consistency with our Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook, as well as the State Grassland Fire Danger maps provided for the states of South Dakota and Iowa, the colors on our map have changed. Please take note of the legend beneath the map for the new color scheme.

Note: The Grassland Fire Danger statement will be issued daily from April 1st to November 15th, or as conditions warrant during the Spring and late Autumn.  It will also be issued during the winter months if the index reaches Very High or Extreme.  Please check the date on the map and the text product below to ensure you are looking at a current product.

Check the text product beneath the maps for detailed Fire Danger information.

Day 1
Grassland Fire Danger for Today


Day 2
Grassland Fire Danger for Tomorrow

Key for Fire Danger Maps:
Low - Green
Moderate - Blue
High - Yellow
Very High - Orange
Extreme - Red


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Rangeland Fire Danger Statement
National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD
232 AM CDT Wed Oct 18 2017

.DISCUSSION...

Continued warm and dry conditions are expected today. A frontal
boundary will slide across the region by mid-day, turning winds to
the west to northwest through the afternoon. Dew points will
lower behind this front, and will drop humidity values into the 20
to 30 percent range west of the James River. Winds turn back to
the south on Thursday and again turn breezy. While RH values will
slowly increase through the day, another very warm, dry and breezy
day could lead to heightened fire danger risks west of the James
River.

Very windy conditions are expected on Friday, with temperatures
again soaring into the 70s. Dew points will be on the increase,
but wind gusts up to 40 mph or greater will lead to a heightened
fire danger risk in areas west of Interstate 29.

A frontal boundary will bring a chance for rain to the area
Friday night and Saturday. Rain amounts will be on the light side,
with the greatest chance for rain across portions of southern
Minnesota and adjacent areas of Iowa.


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Brule-Aurora-Davison-Hanson-McCook-Minnehaha-Charles Mix-Douglas-
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232 AM CDT Wed Oct 18 2017

...MODERATE FIRE DANGER...

The Grassland Fire Danger Index will reach the moderate
category this afternoon. Marginal weather conditions or a
moderate moisture content of grasses and other dry organic
material on the ground...indicate that there is some potential
for a fire occurrence. Do not leave outdoor fires unattended
under these conditions.

OUTLOOK FOR THURSDAY AFTERNOON...The Grassland Fire Danger Index
will reach the moderate category.

The grassland fire danger product reflects fire danger for native
grasses. It is not intended for cured agricultural crops, nor
will it reflect conditions in road ditches which have been mowed.


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Buena Vista-Woodbury-Ida-Lincoln MN-Lyon MN-Murray-Cottonwood-
Nobles-Jackson-Pipestone-Rock-Dixon-Dakota-Moody-Lincoln SD-
Clay SD-Union-
232 AM CDT Wed Oct 18 2017

...LOW FIRE DANGER...

The Grassland Fire Danger Index will reach the low category
this afternoon. Favorable weather conditions or a high moisture
content of grasses and other dry organic material on the
ground indicate that the probability of a fire occurrence is low.
Outdoor burning under these conditions can usually be performed
with reasonable safety precautions.

OUTLOOK FOR THURSDAY AFTERNOON...The Grassland Fire Danger Index
will reach the low category.

The grassland fire danger product reflects fire danger for native
grasses. It is not intended for cured agricultural crops, nor
will it reflect conditions in road ditches which have been mowed.


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