April 9, 2014 9:21 PM

Dry conditions and high winds put the area at risk for grass fires

The National Weather Service on Wednesday issued a red flag warning, expecting a “critical fire danger” across northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. Through all of 2013, the Kansas City Fire Department responded to 296 wildland, brush or grass fires. Through just the first three months of 2014, the department responded to 177 such fires.

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