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OCEM issues burn ban for windy Tuesday in Osage County

NWS issues red flag warning

Osage County Emergency Management has issued a burn ban today for the entire county, and the National Weather Service, Topeka, has implemented a red flag warning in effect from this morning through 6 p.m., Feb. 27, 2024, for Osage, Jefferson, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, and Franklin counties

Osage County’s burn ban is in place until 8 a.m. tomorrow, Feb. 28. During the burn ban, no outside burning is allowed and all county burn permits are suspended. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will soon. High winds coupled with relative humidity as low as 20 percent and warm temperatures creates conditions for extreme fire behavior.

Under conditions of extreme fire danger, fires start quickly, spread furiously and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. All outdoor burning should be avoided in areas with extreme fire danger.

In addition, Osage County and central, east central and northeast Kansas are in a wind weather advisory from 5 p.m. today until 3 a.m. Wednesday. NWS predicts southwest winds at 15 to 20 mph this afternoon with gusts of 25 to 30 mph, then switching in the mid to late afternoon to northwest winds sustained at 30 mph and gusts around 45 mph expected. NWS advises that gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and power outages can  result.

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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