Wichita, Sedgwick County impose open burn ban for April

04/01/2013 11:18 AM

04/01/2013 11:20 AM

Wichita and Sedgwick County are under an open burn ban this month.

The ban aims to reduce ozone levels, often problematic for the area this time of year.

The county will not issue new open burn permits this month, and people who have permits won’t be able to burn prohibited materials in April.

The state-imposed ban includes all open burning of any waste, including vegetation and construction materials such as wood and structures.

The ban also affects Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cowley, Elk, Geary, Greenwood, Johnson, Lyon, Marion, Morris, Pottawatomie, Riley, Wabaunsee and Wyandotte counties.

Exceptions to the open burn ban include pasture, crop, range and wildlife or watershed management, but those still will require permits, a news release from the county said.

A city news release issued Monday said that the ban also includes firefighter training burns.

Grilling and other outdoor cooking still will be allowed this month.

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