Red flag warning: Osage County burn ban, Thursday, March 5, 2020

Osage County Emergency Management has issued a burn ban for all of Osage County for Thursday, March 5, 2020, due to extreme fire danger this afternoon. In addition, a red flag warning is in effect from noon today until 6 p.m. No outside burning is allowed and all burn permits are suspended. This ban is in effect until 8 a.m. March 6, 2020, and could be extended depending on fire conditions.

The rangeland fire danger index will be in the extreme category today. 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.

National Weather Service has forecast that it will be sunny today across the area with a high near 61 degrees. It is expected to be breezy today with northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon with gusts up to 35 mph.

The forecast indicates the burn ban could be extended as more dry and windy days are expected. NWS forecasts Friday will be sunny with a high near 58 and northwest winds at 5 to 10 mph.

For more information about the burn ban, contact Osage County Emergency Management at 785-828-3323 or the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121.

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