Forecasters: Fire danger high with high winds, low humidity

March 5, 2020 GMT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Forecasters have issued wind and fire conditions warnings Thursday for Iowa.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the extreme fire danger south of Interstate 80 and wind warnings for all of Iowa. Gusts approaching 50 mph (80.5 kph) or higher are expected in some spots. The warnings run through 6 p.m.

The high winds will drive the destruction caused by any uncontrolled fires in dry fields in the low humidity, the forecasters said, and pose a danger to tall vehicles.