Burning is strictly prohibited on days where the Rangeland Fire Index is measured at Very High or Extreme. This information is published daily online or individuals can call 785-832-5394 after 8AM each morning. Douglas County still has the authority to issue a 7 day, or indefinite, burn ban, during which all open burning is prohibited unless in permanent stoves, fireplaces or grills. The Douglas County Open Burning Resolution allows for a local determination to be made by the County Administrator or his/her designee when a threat to the area exists or do to any other variable that could affect fire burning. Those variables includ, but are not limited to:
1) Local jurisdictional authority
2) Rangeland Fire Index is high but the forecast is for sustatined winds of greater than 15mph.
3) Rangeland Fire Index is low or moderate, but the forecast is for sustained winds greater than 20mph.
4) Resource limitation
5) Local conditions of dryness
Before The Burn:
Time of Day:
Agricultural open burning:
Residential open burning:
Ceremonial and cooking open burning:
Construction open burning:
Always make sure you follow Kansas State Statues regarding burning! They are found under: K.A.R. 28-19-647 and K.A.R. 28-19-648 Authorized by K.S.A. 65-3005 and K.S.A. 65-3010.
You can review the entire County Resolution on Open Burning. A general violation of open burning policy will result in a Class C misdemeanor or a Class A misdemeanor during a burn ban, in accordance with K.S.A 48-939.