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KDHE issues burn ban for April

Burning brush, yard waste and construction debris won't be allowed in Sedgwick County next month under a temporary regulation issued last week by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Firefighters also won't be able to have fires for training.

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, Sedgwick County environmental resources director Susan Erlenwein told Sedgwick County commissioners Wednesday.

The April ban applies to other counties, including Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cowley, Elk, Geary, Greenwood, Johnson, Lyon, Marion, Morris, Pottawatomie, Riley, Wabaunsee and Wyandotte.

Burning of pasture land and for agricultural reasons still will be allowed, as will burning trash on residential properties with five or less dwelling units if allowed by the city or county. Trash burning is not allowed in Wichita.

A news release from Sedgwick County said other burning, such as that needed to dispose of storm- or tornado-related materials, will be allowed on a case-by-case basis by KDHE.

Burning contributes to the creation of ozone, which causes air quality issues.

Burn permits for Sedgwick County are issued by the Sedgwick County Fire Department. More information about burn permits is available by calling (316) 660-3473.

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