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Updates of Prescribed Burns

The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, 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 DHHS 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.*

On April 10, 2018, Nebraska DHHS announced a public smoke advisory system which was developed in coordination with NDEE, Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department and Douglas County Health Department. The following year and in March 2020, DHHS issued news releases about the activation of the system: "DHHS Activates Smoke Advisory System for Flint Hills Burns." *

Updated advisories will be posted on this web page through the 2020 burn season.

UPDATED INFORMATION: As of March 25, 2020, there have been no smoke advisories issued by DHHS and NDEE. This webpage will be regularly updated when smoke advisories are issued in the 2020 burn season.

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

Smoke Outlook
(This information was last updated March 25, 2020.)

Wednesday, March 25: A low pressure system will move into western Kansas, generating moderate southerly to southwesterly winds throughout the day. These winds will transport smoke from potential fires in the eastern and south-central Flint Hills into Topeka. Farther south, east-southeasterly winds in the evening hours will transport smoke from potential fires in the southwestern Flint Hills into Wichita.

Thursday, March 26: As surface high pressure builds to the north, light to moderate north-northeasterly winds will develop in eastern Kansas, carrying smoke from potential fires in the northern and western Flint Hills into Wichita.

Daily and Weekly Updates: To view daily updated maps and forecasts in the Flint Hills region, select Access Smoke Model.* The Kansas Flint Hills Smoke Management website also provides summary updates that are posted weekly through the prescribed burn season. Click here to view the Weekly Updates.

Smoke Awareness in Nebraska: For more information about burning activities in Flint Hills and their potential impacts in Nebraska, visit NDEE’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 *

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