"OK TO BURN"
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 (www.osageco.org) 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!
OSAGE COUNTY EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM USERS:
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.
"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.
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.