Sedgwick County will be under a burn ban next month as the state tries to reduce ozone levels during grassland burning in the Flint Hills.
The county will not issue any open burn permits in April, and no one with a current permit will be allowed to do an open burn after March 31.
The ban is for open burning of waste, including vegetation and wood waste; structures; or other material.
Exceptions to the open burn ban include pasture, crop, range and wildlife or watershed management. Those types of burning still require a valid permit from Sedgwick County Fire District 1. People should call 911 before doing any allowed burning.
More information about the ban and fire safety is available by calling the county’s fire marshal at 316-660-3473.
Other counties with burn bans in effect are Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cowley, Elk, Geary, Greenwood, Johnson, Lyon, Marion, Morris, Pottawatomie, Riley, Wabaunsee and Wyandotte.
April is when ranchers burn grassland in the Flint Hills. The county’s ozone levels are typically high in April because of the fires. Smoke from the fires has traveled as far as the Atlantic Ocean.
Burning contributes to the creation of ozone, which causes air quality issues.