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

RED-FLAGDue to very high fire danger today, March 17, 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 that fire control will be difficult and require extended effort.

Very high fire danger is expected across the area today, especially along and south of Interstate 70. A frontal boundary will push through the area this morning causing winds to shift to the north. Later this morning winds will increase 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph behind the front. As temperatures warm and dry air filters in, the relative humidity values drop into the 30 to 20 percent range. The most likely area where the low relative humidity and wind speeds will coincide appears to be in and around portions of east central Kansas. The wind speeds will gradually decrease, eventually becoming light by evening.

This county burn ban is in effect until 8 a.m. March 18, 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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