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

RED-FLAGDue to very high fire danger today, March 6, 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. Very high fire danger means fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort.

In addition, the National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a wind advisory, in effect until 8 p.m tonight, with strongest winds predicted to occur through the morning but likely to remain strong into the early evening. South winds around 30 mph with gusts near 45 mph this morning will become more southwesterly and westerly this afternoon, continuing around 30 mph with gusts more than 40 mph.

Driving high profile vehicles will be difficult, and any lightweight objects left outside will be blown around.

The NWS has also issued a fire weather watch that will be in effect Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening. A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur, specifically high winds and low relative humidity.

This county burn ban is in effect until 8 a.m. March 7, 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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