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Grassland Fire Danger Statement

 

Statewide Grassland Fire Danger maps are also available for the states of South Dakota and Iowa.
Please take note of the legend beneath the maps for the 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 High,  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.

Grassland Fire Danger for Today
Grassland Fire Danger for Today
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
354 PM CDT Sun Apr 14 2024

.DISCUSSION...
Issued at 244 PM CDT Sun Apr 14 2024

High temperatures have warmed to the 70s across the area this
afternoon while dew points have fallen to the 20s. This is resulting
in widespread relative humidity values down to the teens and 20s. To
go along with the low relative humidity, northerly winds have been
gusting up to 20-30 mph, strongest east of I-29. With an overlap of
breezy winds and low humidity, very high fire danger will persist
through the rest of the afternoon hours before temperatures begin to
cool and winds wane this evening.

Very high fire danger is expected to prevail across the region
Monday as breezy southeasterly winds cause relative humidity values
to fall into the lower 20s. Gusts during this time look to range
between 30 to 40 MPH, with perhaps a few isolated gusts as high as
45 MPH. Thus, with dry fuels still in place, have decided to issue a
Fire Weather Watch for portions southeastern South Dakota,
northeastern Nebraska, northwestern Iowa, and southwest Minnesota
after collaboration with neighbors. We strongly encourage you to
exercise caution with any activity that may cause a spark, as fires
can spread quickly under these conditions!

Widespread showers and storms will dominate the forecast Monday
night through early Wednesday. Drier weather may return late in
the week, but breezy, cooler spring weather comes back as well.

Exercise caution during off road use of your vehicle as the
catalytic converter can start wildfires.

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OUTLOOK FOR MONDAY AFTERNOON...The Grassland Fire Danger Index
will reach the very high 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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OUTLOOK FOR MONDAY AFTERNOON...The Grassland Fire Danger Index
will reach the very high 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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Douglas-

OUTLOOK FOR MONDAY AFTERNOON...The Grassland Fire Danger Index
will reach the very high 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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