Osage County burn ban extended until Friday

Update: April 9, 2020, the burn ban has been extended until 8 a.m. April 10, and could be extended depending on weather conditions. The National Weather Service has forecast dangerous fire conditions for this afternoon with wind gusts and low humidity levels.

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Osage County Emergency Management has issued a burn ban for all of Osage County effective at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2020, due to very high fire danger. No outside burning is allowed and all burn permits are suspended. This ban is in effect until further notice.

The rangeland fire danger index will be in the very high category today. Very high fire danger means that fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort.

National Weather Service has forecast dangerous fire weather conditions today due to strong wind and low humidity levels. While fuels have been recently “greening up”, the wind and low humidity will be reason to be extra cautious and not burn for the rest of today. NWS forecasts northwest gusty winds today up to around 35 mph, with relative humidity dropping as low as 15 percent in some areas. Ongoing fires may be difficult to control.

For more information about the Osage County 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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