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Updates of Controlled Burns



As part of its Smoke Management Plan, the State of Kansas evaluates how the impact of burning could affect populated areas, including in Nebraska. Typically, optimal burn conditions occur from March until mid-April. During the burn season, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment provides regular updated forecasts, which are provided below: (To view daily updated forecasts from the Flint Hills Smoke Management Association, go to their Smoke Model forecast.)*


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Information Last Updated March 24, 2017:

Forecast Discussion

Friday, March 24: As a low pressure system moves through Kansas, moderate and gusty southerly winds will shift to northwesterly late in the day. These winds will transport smoke from potential fires in the eastern Flint Hills into Topeka.

Saturday, March 25: Moderate northwesterly winds behind the departing low pressure system will carry smoke from potential fires in most Flint Hills counties away from major metropolitan areas. However, smoke from potential fires in the northeastern Flint Hills will be transported into Topeka. Additionally, smoke from potential fires in the western portion of Sedgwick County will be carried into Wichita.

Extended Forecast

This forecast is for air quality impacts only.

March 26, 2017: Worsening conditions for burning are expected.
March 27, 2017: Improving conditions for burning are expected.
March 28, 2017: Worsening conditions for burning are expected.
March 29, 2017: Worsening conditions for burning are expected.


(To view daily updated forecasts from the Flint Hills Smoke Management Association, go to their Smoke Model forecast.)*
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Smoke Awareness in Nebraska: For more information about burning activities in Flint Hills and their potential impacts in Nebraska, visit NDEQ’s main Smoke Awareness Page

AirNow: For current conditions of Nebraska’s Air Quality and tomorrow’s forecast, go to NDEQ’s link to federal AirNow web site: AirNow – Conditions and Forecast*

Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan: For more detailed information about the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan, go to www.ksfire.org. *

Daily Updates: To view daily updated maps and forecasts in the Flint Hills region, select Access Smoke Model.*

Facebook Connection: Frequent updates can also be found at the KS Flint Hills Smoke Management Facebook page, located at https://www.facebook.com/ksfire *

Kansas Archives: To view an archive of press releases and outreach regarding Flint Hills burning in Kansas, visit: http://www.ksfire.org/new-media-archives/index.html. *



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