Burn ban Thursday: Gusty winds, warm temps, low humidity causes extreme fire danger

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for north central and east central Kansas for this afternoon, and declared extreme fire danger in other portions of the state, including Osage County. Osage County Emergency Management has extended a burn ban enacted yesterday and all burn permits are suspended for today, Thursday, March 15, 2018.

NWS’s red flag warning is in effect from 1 p.m. this afternoon to 8 p.m. this evening for north central and east central Kansas due to expected strong gusty winds, low relative humidity levels, and dry fuels. The conditions also will also cause extreme fire danger in other portions of the state, including Osage County.

The burn ban issued for Osage County means no outside burning is allowed and all burn permits are suspended. The burn ban is in effect until 8 a.m. March 16, but may be extended depending on conditions.

Extreme fire danger means any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly.

NWS reports the combination of increasing southeast winds of 15-20 mph gusting up to 30 mph along with low relative humidity in the 20-25 percent range will lead to the extreme fire danger conditions across much of northeast Kansas this afternoon. Forecast is a sunny day with a high near 74. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

For more information about the burn ban, contact Osage County Emergency Management at 785-828-3323.

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