Updates of Prescribed 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 through 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.)*
Kansas Smoke Forecast Outlook Issued March 16, 2018 at 7:25 AM
Issued by Jayson Prentice, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Bureau of Air
Fire: Breezy to windy conditions are expected today as a storm system moves across the region. While some rain chances exist, they are low across the bulk of the Flint Hills, and low relative humidity values will instead lead to ‘Extreme’ Fire Danger for much of the day. Light northerly winds are expected Saturday which may provide an opportunity for prescribed burning. Winds become southeast on Sunday ahead of the next potential for rain. There may be a window for some prescribed burning on Sunday if rain potential is delayed, however any extended smoke impacts would be dampened by the rain moving in late Sunday into Monday.
Smoke: Wildfire smoke may impact localized areas today, however no widespread impacts are expected. Light northerly surface and transport winds on Saturday alongside only modest mixing could yield elevated air quality values near any prescribed fires that are conducted. With limited burning, variable wind directions, and rain, air quality values will likely remain Good for Sunday and Monday.
Smoke outlooks consider only air quality issues derived from prescribed fires and/or wildfires. Additional natural conditions (i.e. dust) may contribute to elevated Air Quality Index (AQI) values.
Air Quality Index (AQI)
Actions to Protect Your Health
Unusually sensitive groups consider limiting prolonged/heavy exertion.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (USG)
Sensitive groups should reduce prolonged/heavy outdoor exertion.
Sensitive groups should avoid all physical outdoor activity.
Everyone should avoid prolonged/heavy exertion.
Everyone should avoid all outdoor activity.
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 *
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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