Know what the fire ban means for you inside, outside city limits

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It may be the difference between you having a campfire with some buddy’s or just a night out on the grill

A week from Monday the State of Kansas will issue a burn ban for 16 counties, it’s for the safety of your breathing and to protect the ozone layer.

In Sedgwick County, your rules may be different depending on where you live.

They limit any kind of burning during the month of April to help control the ozone issues, says Deputy Chief Stu Bevis of the Wichita Fire Department.

If you live inside the city limits of Wichita here is what the burn ban means to you, according to Bevis.

People are discouraged from doing any type of outdoor burning, even small chimineas or outdoor fire places. We don’t allow those in the city of Wichita. The only thing we do allow is outside cooking like a grill, he says. 

Outside the city, it’s same the ban, slightly different regulations.

We are still allowing people to pasture burning, crop management and recreational fires, says Fire Marshal Daniel Wegner of the Sedgwick County Fire Department.

It is a little bit more relaxed, as farmers in rural areas have to maintain their land, but like Wichita, they are still cracking down on certain types of burning.

Just remember if you are burning tree limbs or brush or your lagoon, you can not do that, Wegner says.

Any legal burning being done, still requires a burn permit, and those will not be issued during the month of April. If you have questions about where you live and what you can do, including legal burns, contact your local fire department.  

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