Nebraska fire departments in eastern Nebraska are on alert today as the chance for brush and grass fires very high. Josh Boustead is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley and says a combination weather conditions prompted this alert.
Boustead says a spark from a brush fire, burn barrel or even a tossed cigarette is a danger right now. Everyone is advised to use special care with smoking material and anything dealing with fire outdoors.
Boustead says there is very little moisture in the ground due to lack of snow during the winter. The grass and other ground cover is very brittle and dry and prime fuel for fire. The windy conditions today will also cause problems by spreading fire as well as very low humidity levels.
The weekend forecast is calling for much needed rain with a chance of thunderstorms on Saturday.