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A respite from the wind

Robust winds have ruled Kansas for the past two weeks, but today’s relative calm is but a mere respite, officials say.

In fact, Sedgwick County Fire Marshal Tim Millspaugh urged residents needing to do open burning to do it today. Starting on Friday, winds figure to be too strong to allow it for at least another week.

Today’s winds should stay below the 15 mph threshold for open burning. That will seem positively tranquil compared to the winds endured since mid-March.

Millspaugh urged residents who have CRP grass land to complete their required burns today if possible. The time limit for CRP burns has been extended to 10 p.m., which is a departure from the normal “out-by-sunset” rule. All controlled burns must be completed by 10 p.m.