TOPEKA, Kan. — State officials are reminding Kansans that recent rain and snow did not significantly reduce fire danger in the state.

The National Weather Service issued red flag fire warnings through 9 p.m. Tuesday and said the fire danger will be only slightly reduced Wednesday.

Winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph are forecast, with humidity as low as 5 percent.

The State Emergency Operations Center has been activated because of the extreme fire weather conditions. State officials are asking residents to avoid any activity that could spark a fire.

The red flag warning was issued for Barber, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Morton, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush, Scott, Seward, Stafford, Stanton and Steven counties.

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