By John Richmeier
Leavenworth Times – February 16, 2017
With dry and windy conditions, Leavenworth County was under a red flag warning Thursday for fire danger.
Leavenworth County Emergency Management Director Chuck Magaha said multiple grass fires were reported in the county during the last two days.
Magaha said temperatures, dry grass, wind and low humidity factored into the red flag warning that was issued Thursday by the National Weather Service.
He said the low humidity makes the grass act like gasoline.
“It burns fast,” he said.
Magaha said he does not anticipate conditions on Friday to be any better.
In fact, he plans to prohibit the issuance of burn permits Friday for unincorporated areas of the county. Such permits are obtained through the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office.
He said Emergency Management officials will closely monitor conditions for the weekend.
People can visit the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office website, http://www.lvsheriff.org, to determine if burn permits are being allowed within individual townships.
When burn permits are allowed, people need to make sure they have adequate water supplies, manpower and tools to keep fires under control, Magaha said.
He also cautioned against throwing smoking materials on the ground while there is a high risk of grass fires.