Updates of Prescribed Burns
The Nebraska Departments of Environmental Quality, in conjunction with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Department of Health, the Douglas County Health Department and support from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is providing the latest forecasts and information regarding the impact prescribed fires and wildfires have on air quality. There are a multitide of variables that factor into any prediction, to name a few: the weather; the number of acres being burned; and the fuel load on those acres. Information will be provided on the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website when it appears air quality may be compromised. Additional information can be found at the the Flint Hills Smoke Management Association web page Smoke Model forecast.*
Updated Information: On April 10, 2018, Nebraska DHHS announced a public smoke advisory system which was developed in coordination with NDEQ, Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department and Douglas County Health Department. For more information, go to "DHHS Unveils New Smoke Advisory System."
Nebraska DHHS issued smoke advisories and updates for southeast Nebraska on April 10-12. Click here to view previous updates.
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*
(This information was last updated May 2, 2018.)
Wednesday, May 2: Strong and gusty southerly to southwesterly winds will transport smoke from potential fires in the eastern and southern Flint Hills into Topeka. However, these winds will be strong enough to aid dispersion, and rain showers and thunderstorms over the region will increase atmospheric mixing. These conditions will lower smoke impacts in affected areas.
Thursday, May 3: Moderate and gusty southerly winds ahead of an approaching a low pressure system will continue to carry smoke from potential fires in the eastern Flint Hills into Topeka. As the low pressure system departs to the east of Kansas in the evening, winds will gradually shift to northwesterly and bring this smoke into Kansas City.
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
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 *
Compilation of weekly updates: At the bottom of this page are PDFs produced every Friday by KDHE that provide the public information on the prescriabed fires within the Flint Hills area. The updates include information on the prior week's weather, observed fires and smoke, and air quality information. They also include a look ahead at the upcoming week of weather and potential prescribed fire intensity.
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