Butler County Times Gazette
  • Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan to take effect in April

  • Under the Plan, certain burning restrictions go into effect during the month of April
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  • With March over, it’s about time for the provisions of the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan to take effect again.
    The plan is a result of a collaborative effort to put some controls on the amount of burning done in the spring, due to the air quality impacts for those folks downwind of the burning, while still ensuring that essential agricultural burning can occur.
    Under the Plan, certain burning restrictions go into effect during the month of April for a whole list of Flint Hills counties, including Butler County. As of March 2011, Butler County Commissioners passed an updated Open Burning Resolution that incorporates terms and conditions from the Smoke Management Plan.
    According to the plan, those landowners who need to burn for range/pasture management or crop management, can still conduct burning during the month of April.
    Those individuals wanting to burn their brush piles or non-range/pasture/crop land will need to wait until after April to tackle their burns. However, trash burning can occur in April if done appropriately.
    To find out more information on the Smoke Management Plan, visit www.ksfire.org. Those planning a burn are encouraged to keep the weather in mind and always take proper precautions.
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