No burn day: High winds, dry conditions make extreme fire danger
Due to extreme fire danger today, March 3, 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.
OCEM is cautioning that extreme fire weather conditions are expected today into the weekend.
According to the National Weather Service at Topeka, increasing winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts over 30 mph, combined with afternoon humidity values in the 20-30 percent range, deep mixing heights, and dry fuels, will lead to a very high to possibly extreme fire danger this afternoon. There remains some uncertainty as to how low relative humidity values will fall today given the possibility of increasing moisture streaming north out of Texas and Oklahoma. As a result of this uncertainty, a fire weather watch has been issued along a line from Cloud to Lyon counties for this afternoon.
This county burn ban is in effect until 8 a.m. March 4, 2017, but could be extended depending on weather conditions.
For more information, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director at 785-828-3323.