At least three homes have been destroyed in a major grass fire near the Kansas-Missouri border.
Firefighters from Kansas and Missouri are battling the blaze, which had scorched a five- to seven-mile radius on the north side of Galena, Kansas, said Cherokee County officials.
A major grass fire north of Galena has burned this structure on Wisteria Lane. pic.twitter.com/mcsF40YiqA— The Joplin Globe (@JoplinGlobe) January 12, 2014
Another picture from KOAM TV of the grassfire near Galena Kansas #kswx #mowx #Joplin #wildfire #grassfire pic.twitter.com/gz3Np8rUIP— NWS Springfield (@NWSSpringfield) January 12, 2014
Gusty winds and low relative humidity set the stage for possible wildfires in the region, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
The nearby Joplin, Mo., airport recorded a 53 mph wind gust at 12:20 p.m. CST, about 20 minutes after the fire was reported, she said.
The relative humidity has been below 30 percent throughout the early afternoon.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the area until 6 p.m. CST, according to the National Weather Service in Springfield, Mo.
Burning is strong discouraged this afternoon with these winds. Fires can rapidly become out of control in these conditions #kswx #mowx— NWS Springfield (@NWSSpringfield) January 12, 2014