Fire warning issued for Kansas City area; high temps expected all week

A grass fire slowed traffic on U.S. 169 at Interstate 29 in 2012
A grass fire slowed traffic on U.S. 169 at Interstate 29 in 2012 The Kansas City Star

Authorities throughout the Kansas City metro area issued fire weather danger warnings for Monday.

Temperatures are expected will rise into the mid-70s to near 80. That, combined with winds gusting up to 35 mph and low humidity means fire dangers are high.

The warning is in effect from noon to 7 p.m. Monday.

Officials are discouraging any outdoor burning, including recreational fires, burning leaves and discarding cigarette butts.

The Overland Park Fire Marshal issued a burn ban for Overland Park and Merriam. Because the hot, windy and dry conditions were expected to continue through the week, the fire marshal suspended burn permits until further notice.

Outdoor grilling is permitted, but people were being urged to use extreme caution and to remain near their grill until the coals were extinguished. People also were encourage to have a way to suppress a fire and to completely extinguish coals when finished.

Temperatures are expected to reach the high 70s to low 80s through Thursday and lower on Friday, with a high of 70 and a chance of rain.

The Star