Red flag warning: Osage County burn ban extended to Saturday, March 7, 2020

Osage County Emergency Management has extended a countywide burn ban for the third day, today, Saturday, March 7, 2020, after the National Weather Service has declared a red flag warning for this afternoon. No outside burning is allowed and all burn permits are suspended. This ban is in effect until 8 a.m. March 8, 2020, and will probably be extended due to forecast fire conditions.

NWS has forecast conditions that will cause extreme fire danger today, including low humidity and winds gusting to 35 mph. In addition, a red flag warning will be in effect from noon to 7 p.m. due to low relative humidity, extremely dry fuels, and strong gusty winds.

Under extreme fire danger conditions, any fires that develop can spread rapidly. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly, and a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior. During a county burn ban no outside burning is allowed and all burn permits are suspended.

NWS forecasts that Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 67, and breezy, with a south wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

OCEM indicated the weather forecast for Sunday, with a high near 68. Breezy, with a south wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph, would also extend the burn ban another day.

Osage County has been under a burn ban due to high or extreme fire conditions for four of the first seven days of March.

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