LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — Gusty winds combined with low humidity and a recent lack of rain are combining to make a perfect storm for fire danger across the Missouri Ozarks today.
Relative humidity will fall below 30 percent on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service, with warm temperatures and windy weather. The high temperature on Wednesday is forecast to hit 84 degrees under sunny skies. Sustained winds ranging from 15 to 30 mph are possible, with gusts up to 30 or 40 mph, from southeast Kansas through the Missouri Ozarks.
Those conditions along with a recent drought that has dried tall grass creates plenty of dry fuel across the Ozarks that will spread quickly if a fire is started, the National Weather Service warned. The NWS has issued a Red Flag Warning from noon through 6 p.m. on Wednesday. No fires should be started during that time.
A cold front is expected to move through the region on Thursday, with low temperatures Thursday night reaching the upper- or mid-30s.