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.)*
Information Last Updated April 27 2017:
Friday, April 28: As a cold front moves through eastern Kansas, light westerly to northwesterly winds will carry smoke from potential fires in the northern Flint Hills into Topeka and Kansas City. In addition, as winds strengthen and shift to northeasterly in the evening, smoke from potential fires in the western Flint Hills will be transported into Wichita.
(To view daily updated forecasts from the Flint Hills Smoke Management Association, go to their Smoke Model forecast.)*
Saturday, April 29: Moderate and gusty northerly to northeasterly winds will aid smoke dispersion in eastern Kansas, reducing smoke impacts in affected areas. However, these winds will also transport smoke from potential fires in the north-central and western Flint Hills into Wichita.
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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