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

RED-FLAGDue to extreme fire danger today, March 4, 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 the rangeland fire danger index will be in the extreme category this afternoon. Extreme fire danger means that fires start quickly and spread furiously and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious.

In addition, the National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a red flag warning, in effect from noon today to 6 p.m. South to southwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts over 35 mph at times are predicted, along with minimum relative humidity values of 20 to 30 percent.

This county burn ban is in effect until 8 a.m. March 5, 2017, but could be extended depending on weather conditions.

For more information, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director at 785-828-3323.


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