Osage County: Burn ban extended through Wednesday, March 31, 2021 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Osage County: Burn ban extended through Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Update: March 31, 2021 – OCEM has extended the burn ban for today and it will remain in effect until rescinded.

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Update: March 29, 2021 – The countywide burn ban issued today will remain in effect until rescinded due to very high fire danger predicted for Tuesday with low humidity and wind gusts to 35 mph. OCEM will evaluate conditions late Tuesday afternoon.

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Osage County Emergency Management has issued a burn ban as of 6 a.m. March 29, 2021, for all of Osage County, Kan. The ban will remain in effect for the next 24 hours and could be extended depending on weather conditions. The ban prohibits all outside burning, and suspends all burn permits.

The burn ban is due to forecast extreme fire danger for today, which means fire control would be very difficult and require extended effort. In addition, National Weather Service at Topeka has issued a red flag warning and high wind advisory for today, with wind gusts as high as 60 mph possible.

Critical fire conditions are expected area wide Monday afternoon with a combination of minimum relative humidity at 16 to 22 percent and very strong south winds with gusts up to 55 mph. Winds are expected to shift quickly to the north tonight behind a cold front.

The red flag warning has been issued for the entire northeast Kansas area with the wind advisory covering much of the area, including Osage County, where wind gusts are expected to be in the 50-60 mph range Monday afternoon. Very high fire danger conditions are expected to extend into tonight and Tuesday.

The burn ban in Osage County could be extended depending on weather conditions forecast for Tuesday.

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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