No burn day: High winds, dry conditions make extreme fire danger

RED-FLAGDue to extreme fire danger today, Feb. 28, 2017, all burn permits for Osage County are suspended. A “no burn” day means no outside burning is allowed in the unincorporated areas of Osage County as declared by Osage County Emergency Management.

In addition to the county ban, the National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a red flag warning, which is in effect from noon today until 6 p.m.

Extreme fire danger means that fires start quickly, spread furiously and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. All outdoor burning should be avoided in areas with extreme fire danger.

Today, sustained winds up to 25 mph with gusts of 30 to 40 mph are predicted, with the strongest winds between 1 and 6 p.m. from the southwest. Minimum humidity is expected to range from 18 to 24 percent, with lowest values between 2 and 6 p.m.

The county burn ban is in effect until 8 a.m. March 1. For more information, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director at 785-828-3323.

See related article: Dry conditions prompt reminder about county burn permit requirement


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