Burn ban Friday: Gusty, dry conditions cause extreme fire danger

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for north central and east central Kansas for this afternoon, including Osage County, as conditions develop for extreme fire danger. Additionally, Osage County Emergency Management has extended a burn ban currently in effect and all burn permits are suspended for today, Friday, March 16, 2018.

NWS issued a red flag warning for today 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, roughly along and south of a line from Minneapolis to Ottawa. Southeast winds will become southwest and gusty today in the warning area.

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 17, but could 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 forecasts south winds today at 15-25 mph with gusts of 25-35 mph, becoming southwest this afternoon and eventually becoming northwest tonight. Relative humidity will be around 20 to 25 percent through the early evening hours, increasing to near 60 percent by midnight tonight. There is a small chance for a few strong to severe storms this afternoon.

Under these conditions, outdoor burning is not recommended. 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. See related article here.

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