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OCEM issues Leap Day burn ban in Osage County

NWS issues red flag warning

Osage County Emergency Management has issued a burn ban today, Feb. 29, 2024, for the entire county, and the National Weather Service at Topeka has implemented a red flag warning in effect from this morning through 8 p.m. for much of northeast and northcentral Kansas.

Osage County’s burn ban is in place until 8 a.m. tomorrow, March 1. 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.

See related story: NWS issues red flag fire weather warning for Thursday in northeast Kansas

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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