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OCEM issues burn ban for Sunday, March 3, 2024

NWS issues red flag warning

Osage County Emergency Management has issued a burn ban today for the entire county, and the National Weather Service at Topeka has implemented a red flag warning in effect from this morning, Sunday, March 3, 2024, through 6 p.m. for much of northeast and northcentral Kansas.

Osage County’s burn ban is in place until 8 a.m. tomorrow, March 4. 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. Forecast high winds coupled with relative humidity as low as 11 percent and warm temperatures creates conditions for extreme fire behavior.

The NWS red flag warning in effect from 11 a.m. this morning to 6 p.m. this evening due to low relative humidity, gusty winds, and dry fuels. Winds are forecast to be southwest and shifting to the west 15 to 25 mph, with gusts of 30 to 40 mph. Relative humidity is expected to be 11 to 16 percent in the afternoon. The temperature is predicted to be near 80 degrees this afternoon.

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.

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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