Effective immediately, outdoor open burning will be allowed within the city limits, in accordance with local and state laws. Residents may now use outdoor fire places, cooking grills and similar items.
Open burning in certain areas of the state, including Wichita, was restricted during the month of April as a result of state regulations enacted in 2011. The regulations were issued to address air pollution concerns in the region.
Ozone continues to be the number one air pollutant problem for the City of Wichita. In the last three years, Wichita has experienced a one-day event of extremely high levels of ozone due to Flint Hills burning that caused exceedances of the national ozone standard. These high levels have an affect on area health and Wichita’s economy.
For more information regarding the lifted burn ban, please contact Fire Marshal Brad Crisp (268-4466) or Kay Johnson with Environmental Initiatives (268-4251).