These guidelines cover open burning and agricultural open burning. Open burning includes brush, trash, and debris piles, as well as vegetation residue and dried plant growth collected and piled. Agricultural open burning is the burning of cultivated crop residue, pasture, CRP, and other similar types of materials. Fires such as those conducted in a fireproof container with ember restricting cover, fire pits, warming fires, camp fires, or other recreational fires are exempt from these guidelines.
Approval for controlled burns may be provided if the following guidelines are met:
By calling 620-694-2800 within 30 minutes of starting to burn
No burn ban is in effect
The wind speed (including gusts) is less than 15 mph (for non-agricultural burns only)
The Grassland Fire Danger Index is not Very High or Extreme
A fire break of at least 20 feet is provided on all sides of the field to be burned
Clearance of 100 feet from all structures is maintained
The burn shall be supervised by a responsible adult until the threat of fire is diminished
Initiation of a burn is not allowed earlier than one hour before sunrise or two hours prior to sunset.
Emergency Order 20-03
Linked are documents Emergency Order 20-03 and Order Extending Emergency Order 20-03 regarding county-wide burn ban during COVID-19.
Restricted Materials: The following materials may not be burned: heavy smoke producing materials such as heavy oils, tires, pallets, railroad and bridge lumber, treated lumber, roof shingles, wire insulation, plastics, rubber, or other materials.