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

RED-FLAGDue to extreme fire danger today, March 8, 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. Extreme fire danger means that fires start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious.

In addition, the National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a red flag warning that is in effect from 11 a.m. this morning to 6 p.m. this evening, due to dry fuels, low relative humidity and strong winds. Minimum relative humidity values of 17 to 20 percent are forecast for Wednesday afternoon, along with southwest winds around 20 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph. Any fires that develop could spread furiously and burn intensely.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. A combination of strong winds and low relative humidity can contribute to extreme fire behavior. All outdoor burning should be avoided.

This county burn ban is in effect until 8 a.m. March 9, 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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