Controlled Burn Guidelines
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 obtaining a Burn Permit from our permitting portal (Click Here).
- Call 620-694-2800 at least 30 minutes before starting to burn (you must have a completed permit ready).
- 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.
- Follow all instructions and restrictions on your Burn Permit.
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.
Before starting your burn, use the links below to check fire weather conditions and the Grassland Fire Danger Index:
- Weather Activity Planner
- Hourly Weather Forecast Graph
- Weather Conditions for Hutchinson, Hutchinson Municipal Airport, KS
- Wichita fire weather information
- Reno County Grassland Fire Danger Index
- Kansas Forest Service Grassland Fire Danger Index
- Table to assist in determining Grasslands Fire Danger Index (PDF)
|Weather Data/Monitoring Stations Located in Reno County or Within Close Proximity|
|Equus Beds GMD Monitoring Station||Pretty Prairie||Phone: 620-459-4646|
|Equus Beds GMD Data Lab||Darlow||Phone: 620-662-2622|
|Equus Beds GMD Data Lab||Buhler||Phone: 620-543-2902|
|Equus Beds GMD Data Lab||N Hendricks||Phone: 620-664-5171|
|Big Bend GMD||Zenith||Phone: 620-234-5667|
Links to Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Air Quality Regulations
Additional Information for Safely Performing Open Burning
- KSU Prescribed Burn Notebook
- Prescribed Burn Safety
- Prescribed Burning Planning and Conducting
- Prescribed Burning a Management Tool
- Prescribed Burning Equipment
- Grassland Management with Prescribed Fire
- Conducting a Prescribed Burn on Warm-Season Grass CRP
- Conservation Practices
- Prescribed Burning Fact Sheet
- Kansas Flint Hills Smoke Management
- How to Prepare your Home for Wildfires (PDF)
- Hutch Fire Home Assessment for Wildfire Risk (PDF)
- Controlled Burning Brush Pile Management (PDF)