Smoke Management Plan underway, fire danger discussions continue

No air quality assessments are available yet, but the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan is in full effect.


The management plan is designed to let ag producers continue the longstanding practice of burning -- thus providing better forage for area cattle and controlling invasive plant species -- while keeping air quality as far east as Tennessee, and as far north as Omaha, at federally-approved levels.

Lyon County Extension agent Brian Rees says an ample fuel supply helps, and he urged folks to be responsible when it comes to controlled burning, and consider where that smoke -- or leftover embers from their fires -- may carry to.

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The smoke management tool is available online at www.ksfire.org. Rees said the tool can help area farmers and ranchers estimate just how much smoke can come from their pasture burns.

Fire Marshall Reason Bradford and Lyon County Deputy Jacob Welsh will be in studio at 8:40am Thursday morning to talk about the ongoing fire danger.

Warm and windy weather conditions return Wednesday, with winds possibly gusting up to 35 mph. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Wednesday from 11am to 9pm for Lyon, Osage, Coffey, Morris and Wabaunsee counties.

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