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Fire danger is high in metro

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -

It's the perfect combination of elements for a very bad situation, wild fires.

High winds, dry conditions and low humidity. When all three exist, it doesn't take much to start a wild fire. No one knows that better than local fire crews, which have been extremely busy the past few days.

"I know we've had some moisture. That could lead you to believe that we have a lot of moisture in the ground, and that's not true. The ground has been cold, so a lot of the moisture has run off quickly or evaporates, so it doesn't soak into the vegetation, said Jason Rhodes, media manager for the Overland Park Fire Department.

Much of our area is considered to be abnormally dry. And, as Rhodes pointed out, the recent snow hasn't helped much. It typically takes ten inches of snow to equal just one inch of water.

The past few days have created the perfect recipe for wild fires, and in fact, numerous fires have broken out through Missouri and Kansas. Just yesterday, in fact, one burned some 150-acres in Platte County on the Missouri side.

"Really what we're asking everyone to do is just observe the burn ban and refrain from outdoor burning right now. I know it's tempting to light that fire pit up and get outside, you've been inside all winter and you're ready to get out, but it's not a good time right now," Rhodes related.

Until we see more beneficial moisture and a weather pattern that brings less wind, fire danger will remain high and area firefighters will stay busy.

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