Saturday, February 06, 2016
The mission of Osage County Emergency Management is to minimize impact and provide necessary support during disaster operations to protect the public, and reduce damage, enabling an effective recovery. Osage County Emergency Management is responsible for responding to any type of emergency -- natural, man-made, national security, or technological.
Emergency Management Documents
Osage Co Burn PermitOsage Co Burn Permit email or fax to Osage Co Emergency Management for approval.
Osage County Limited Open Burning ResolutionLimited open burning in Osage County and permit required. Effective January 1, 2015
Kansas Open Burning RegulationsKansas Department of Health & Environment Open Burning Regulations
Alert & Emergency Sign-Up InstructionsAlert & Notification Sign-Up Instructions
Burn Permit InformationBurn Resolution & Permit Questions and Answers
Kansas Vulnerable Needs Planning SystemA system allowing those with vulnerable needs the opportunity to provide information to emergency management to assist in planning before, during, and after emergencies.


News & Events





Burn permit applications are available at the follow locations:

- City Offices: Carbondale, Scranton, Osage City, Overbrook, Melvern, Burlingame

- Fire Districts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.

- Osage County Offices: Sheriff's, Extension, Land Development, Clerk, Emergency Management, and the USDA Service Center in Lyndon.

For more information call Osage Co Emergency Management 785 828 3323 or Emergency Management documents in above section.

. Effective January 1, 2015 a burn permit will be required in the unincorporated areas of Osage County, Kansas. 

“No person shall cause or permit the on-site open burning of waste material, material from salvage operations, structures, vegetation such as grass, woody species, crop residue, and other dry plant growth for the purpose of crop, range, pasture, wildlife or watershed management, household trash, careless discharging of smoking materials, or other combustible materials within the unincorporated areas of Osage County without first obtaining a burning permit from Osage County Emergency Management, or his or her designee. “

Permits will not be required for fires in enclosed screen covered containers used for household trash disposal, permanent stoves, campfire rings, fireplaces, fire pits or in barbecue grills in developed recreational sites or on residential home sites as long as the materials burned therein are neither hazardous nor toxic.


Before You Burn:

  • Check Osage County Emergency Management or Osage County Sheriff Department website ( to ensure weather conditions are OK for you to burn. Permit is required after January 1, 2015. 
  • Call the Osage County Sheriff Dispatch Center at (785) 828 3121 so they know where and when you are planning to burn.

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. 

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!



Please log into the system and check your optional alert subscription settings.  If you need assistance or have questions please contact Osage County Emergency Management at 785 828 3323. 





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.  



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.





Emergency Management Contacts
Bryce Romine, Director 785-828-3323

Osage County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

P.O. Box 423 Lyndon, Kansas     66451-0423


Next LEPC Meeting:   

Open to the public or send comments to the above address. 

Meeting minutes and agenda can be obtained at the above address.



Section 324 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, also known as SARA Title III (Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, PL99-499) requires public notice at least once annually informing the public of the means to access information about extremely hazardous substances that are manufactured, stored, and used within their community. Follow-up emergency
notices may subsequently be issued.
Accordingly, information concerning LEPC meetings, SARA Title III hazardous materials planning which is included in our Osage County Emergency Operations Response Plan, materials safety data sheets (MSDS), hazardous chemical inventory forms, listing extremely hazardous substances manufactured,
stored, or used within Osage County can be obtained during normal business by contacting Bryce Romine at 785 828 3323.


Tier II Submission Information 

Facilities covered by The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) must submit an emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form to the LEPC, the SERC and the local fire department annually. Facilities provide either a Tier I or Tier II form. Most States require the Tier II form. Tier II forms require basic facility identification information, employee contact information for both emergencies and non-emergencies, and information about chemicals stored or used at the facility:

  The chemical name or the common name as indicated on the MSDS;

  • An estimate of the maximum amount of the chemical present at any time during the preceding calendar year and the average daily amount;
  • A brief description of the manner of storage of the chemical;
  • The location of the chemical at the facility; and
  • An indication of whether the owner of the facility elects to withhold location information from disclosure to the public.

 For more information, or to get your Tier II form on line, view the EPA Website.  Mail LEPC copy to the address above and forward a copy to your local fire district/department.