Burn ban today: Outside burning prohibited in Osage County

All burn permits in Osage County are suspended for today Jan. 25, 2018, due to forecast low humidity and gusty winds causing extreme fire danger. In addition, the National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a fire weather warning for a portion of northeast Kansas, along with a red flag warning that begins at noon today.

With permits suspended in Osage County, this is a no burn day with no outside burning allowed. The local permit suspension will be in effect until 8 a.m. Jan. 26, 2018, but could be extended.

The rangeland fire danger index will be in the extreme category this afternoon. The fire weather warning covers Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Lyon, Osage, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson counties.

Winds are expected to be south-southwest at 15 to 25 mph today, with some gusts up to 35 mph, and a relative humidity of 18 to 22 percent. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or will shortly. The warning will expire at 6 p.m. today.

Extreme fire danger means that fires start quickly and can spread furiously and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. All outdoor burning should be avoided in areas with extreme fire danger.

For more information about the local burn ban, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County emergency management director, at 785-828-3323.

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