Very high fire danger: Burn ban issued in Osage County

Update, Dec. 25, 2020: Osage County Emergency Management has rescinded this burn ban.

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Update, Dec. 23, 2020: Osage County Emergency Management has extended a burn ban for all of Osage County; it will be in effect until rescinded.

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Osage County Emergency Management has issued a burn ban for all of Osage County, effective today at 7:50 a.m. Dec. 22, 2020. No outside burning is allowed and all burn permits suspended due to very high fire danger forecast for this afternoon. The burn ban is in effect until further notice.

The area is under a wind advisory from noon today until 4 a.m. Wednesday, with south winds expected to be 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph coupled with low relative humidity.

National Weather Service forecasts very high fire danger today and the rangeland fire danger index will be in the very high category this afternoon. Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with temperatures falling to around 30 by 5 p.m., but will remain windy, with a west wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

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

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