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Fire danger 'very high' in Wichita area this afternoon

The Rangeland Fire Index for this afternoon will be in the "very high" category in the Wichita area, officials say.

Wind gusts of more than 30 miles an hour, humidity readings as low as 40 percent and dormant grass will combine to create an elevated risk of grass and rangeland fires.

Fire officials are urging Sedgwick County residents to be cautious when engaging in outdoor activities such as cooking, welding and metal cutting.

All outdoor burning – including the burning of trash in a barrel – is highly discouraged.

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