SIDNEY - A red flag warning for gusty winds and low humidity is in place for Thursday afternoon in the southern Nebraska panhandle and northeast Colorado.
The National Weather Service office in Cheyenne says any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. They are advising no outdoor burning.
Thursday's forecast calls for sunny skies and breezy conditions, with a high near 67. Winds will be sustained out of the north northwest at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Humidity will be around 15 percent.
A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.