The only mandatory aspect of the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan is a ban on all non-essential burning during April. This restriction applies to property located in the Flint Hills, as well as Johnson, Wyandotte and Sedgwick counties. The burning of land-clearing debris, crop residue, construction material and yard waste all are banned during April.
Open burning is allowed in the covered area during April if it is related to the management of prairie or grasslands and Conservation Reserve Program acres. For more information about the April non-essential burning regulations, go to www.ksfire.org.
Ranchers and landowners planning to conduct prescribed burns should consult the web site for modeling features that will predict the direction and impact of the smoke plume. One model will project the cumulative impact of prescribed fires in the Flint Hills on any given day, while another graphically illustrates the effect smoke will have based on a specific fire location and expected atmospheric conditions.
For more information visit www.kla.org.