Extreme Fire Danger

Rangeland Fire Danger Statement
National Weather Service Rapid City SD
330 AM MST Mon Feb 26 2024

...EXTREME GRASSLAND FIRE DANGER TODAY ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTHWEST
   INTO SOUTH CENTRAL SOUTH DAKOTA...

.DISCUSSION...Skies will be partly cloudy today with highs in the
60s to lower 70s. Westerly winds will increase to 15 to 30 mph
across most of the area late this morning and afternoon, with some
gusts to over 45 mph across far southwest South Dakota. Relative
humidities will drop to 15 to 22 percent across the area this
afternoon, lowest values mostly across southwest into south
central South Dakota.

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Rapid City-Southern Foothills-Custer Co Plains-
Pennington Co Plains-Western Fall River-Northern Oglala Lakota-
Bennett-Todd-Sturgis/Piedmont Foothills-Southern Meade Co Plains-
Hermosa Foothills-Eastern Fall River-Southern Oglala Lakota-
Southern Jackson-
Including the cities of Rapid City, Hot Springs,
Angostura Reservoir, Folsom, Box Elder, Caputa, New Underwood,
Wasta, Wall, Scenic, Quinn, Ardmore, Edgemont, Provo, Rumford,
Kyle, Rockyford, Sharps Corner, Martin, Allen, Tuthill,
Harrington, Mission, Rosebud, Saint Francis, Parmelee, Sturgis,
Piedmont, Black Hawk, Summerset, Tilford, Ellsworth AFB,
Union Center, Elm Springs, Enning, White Owl, Hermosa,
Buffalo Gap, Fairburn, Oral, Oelrichs, Smithwick, Pine Ridge,
Oglala, Wounded Knee, Porcupine, Manderson, Batesland,
Long Valley, Wanblee, and Potato Creek
330 AM MST Mon Feb 26 2024 /430 AM CST Mon Feb 26 2024/

...EXTREME FIRE DANGER...

The grassland fire danger index will reach the extreme category
this afternoon. Extreme weather conditions and very low moisture
content of grasses, and other dry organic material on the ground,
indicate that critical burning conditions exist. All fires have
the potential to become large and spread quickly becoming erratic
with extreme behavioral characteristics. No outdoor burning
should take place.

The outlook for Tuesday afternoon, The grassland fire danger
index will reach the low category to very high category.


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