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.

Other Restrictions

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.

Entire Resolution Governing Controlled Burning in Reno County (PDF)

Burn Permit Nov 2023 FINAL Opens in new window

Helpful Links

Before starting your burn, use the links below to check fire weather conditions and the Grassland Fire Danger Index:

Weather Data/Monitoring Stations Located in Reno County or Within Close Proximity
Equus Beds GMD Monitoring StationPretty PrairiePhone: 620-459-4646
Equus Beds GMD Data Lab
Phone: 620-662-2622
Equus Beds GMD Data Lab
Phone: 620-543-2902
Equus Beds GMD Data Lab
N Hendricks
Phone: 620-664-5171
Big Bend GMD
Phone: 620-234-5667