Before You Burn
- Check Osage County Emergency Management or Osage County Sheriff Department website (www.osageco.org) to ensure weather conditions are OK for you to burn. Strongly suggest no burning when the rangeland fire danger is very high, extreme and/or a red flag warning has been issued. It can be very dangerous if these conditions are not favorable.
- Call the Osage County Sheriff Dispatch Center at (785) 828 3121 so they know where and when you are planning to burn.
The Burn Site
- Open burning may not be initiated during nighttime. Nighttime is defined as the period from two hours before sunset until one hour after sunrise.
- Burning may not occur within 1,000 ft. of any occupied dwelling, unless the occupant of that dwelling has been notified before the burn.
- If the burn is to take place within 1,000 ft. of a roadway, the person conducting the burn must notify Kansas Highway Patrol, Sheriff's Office, or other appropriate local traffic authority.
- Burning may not occur when surface wind speed is less than 5 mph or more than 15 mph. Monitor the wind throughout the burn.
- Burning may not occur during inclement or foggy conditions or on very cloudy days (0.7 cloud cover and a ceiling of less than 2000 ft.).
- Supervise the fire from the time of ignition until the fire is completely extinguished.
- Have adequate suppression equipment at the burn site.
- Fires may not be initiated within 100 ft. of any structure.
- A person cannot add new material to a fire two hours before sunset.
- Heavy smoke producing materials including heavy oils, tires and tarpaper may not be burned. Materials containing dangerous or hazardous chemicals, and the use of safety flares for the disposal of flammable gases require approval of the jurisdictional fire department before burning begins.
Always make sure you follow Kansas State Statues regarding burning! They are found under: K.A.R. 28-19-647 and K.A.R. 28-19-648 Authorized by K.S.A. 65-3005 and K.S.A. 65-3010.
Before burning, please check the rangeland fire danger (top right under links). If conditions are right, please contact the Osage County Sheriff's Dispatch Center at 785 828 3121 as to the time and location. Osage County Fire Districts appreciate the notification and your cooperation. Burn permits are not required in Osage County, but you must follow guidelines from Kansas Department of Health & Environment. If you have questions, give us a call or contact your local Fire District.
Rangeland Fire Danger Index Definitions:
LOW: Fire starts are unlikely. Weather and fuel conditions will lead to slow fire spread, low intensity and relatively easy control with light mop-up. Controlled burns can usually be executed with reasonable safety.
MODERATE: Some wildfires may be expected. Expect moderate flame length and rate of spread. Control is usually not difficult and light to moderate mop-up can be expected. Although controlled burning can be done without creating a hazard, routine caution should be taken.
HIGH: Wildfires are likely. Fires in heavy, continuous fuel such as mature grassland, CRP fields and forest litter, will be difficult to control under windy conditions.
VERY HIGH: Fires start easily from all causes and may spread faster than suppression resources can travel. Flame lengths will be long with high intensity, making control very difficult. Both suppression and mop-up will require an extended and very thorough effort. Outdoor burning is not recommended.
EXTREME: Fires will start and spread rapidly. Every fire start has the potential to become large. Expect extreme, erratic fire behavior. NO OUTDOOR BURNING SHOULD TAKE PLACE IN AREAS WITH EXTREME FIRE DANGER!
OSAGE COUNTY EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM USERS
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"WE ARE A STORM READY COUNTY "
"BE PREPARED, HAVE A PLAN"
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DEFINITIONS:
A flood watch means that flooding is possible but not imminent in the watch area. Persons in the watch area are advised to check preparedness requirements, keep informed, and be ready for quick action if flooding threatens.
A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.
A winter storm watch means conditions are favorable for hazardous winter weather from accumulating snowfall in and close to the watch area.
A wind chill advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors, make sure you wear a woolen hat and gloves. Make sure your feet are well protected.
A tornado watch means weather conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to produce tornadoes in and close to the watch area. A tornado watch must not be confused with a tornado warning: a watch does not imply that the severe weather is actually occurring; only that conditions have created a significant risk for it.
A tornado warning means that a tornado is imminent- take shelter! Issuance of a tornado warning indicates that residents should take immediate safety precautions. Tornado warnings are based upon radar & spotter reports along with an understanding of the environmental conditions that can lead to tornado formation.
Severe Thunderstorm– The National Weather Service issues severe thunderstorm warnings for thunderstorms that are currently producing or are capable of producing winds of 58 mph or stronger and/or hail one inch in diameter or larger. Severe thunderstorms often may be much stronger than this minimum criteria, so it is a good idea to take severe thunderstorm warnings seriously.
Tornado– A tornado is a violently rotating column of air, in contact with the ground, either pendant from a cumuliform cloud or underneath a cumuliform cloud, and often (but not always) visible as a funnel cloud. A funnel cloud is a condensation cloud, typically funnel-shaped and extending outward from a cumuliform cloud, associated with a rotating column of air.
Flash Flood– A flash flood is flooding that occurs very rapidly, usually within 6 hours of heavy rainfall. Flash flooding may occur along creeks, rivers or streams. It can also occur in low lying or urban areas where drainage is poor. Water levels can rise very quickly during flash flooding including locations that did not receive the heavy rainfall but are located downstream from areas that received an extreme amount of rainfall. Flash flooding can occur in the winter months when rain falls on existing snowpack and causes it to melt rapidly. Flooding is the number one severe weather killer in the U.S.
OSAGE COUNTY RESIDENTS NEED A WEATHER RADIO?
Osage County Emergency Management has received a grant to provide low cost weather radios to residents of Osage County. Cost is $12.00 each. Radios may be purchased from Osage Co. Emergency Management or Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon, Ks. 9:00 to 4:00 Monday thru Friday. For more information call 785 828 3323. Limit—1 per household/business, Osage County residents only.
OUTDOOR TORNADO SIREN TESTING--Conducted 1st & 3rd Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. of each month--Weather Permitting
Need a reflective address marker? Contact Fire District No. 1 Carbondale at 785 836 7252.