Burn Permit Regulations
Burn permits will only be issued over the phone. Please call 913-583-3886 on the day you wish to burn for your permit request.
Additional April Burn Restrictions
We have some exciting news to share regarding the annual April burn restrictions, which are in place to comply with the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan, (https://www.ksfire.org/regulations/). Starting this year, we will be relaxing the restrictions in order to accommodate our citizens. In the past, all open burning has been restricted with the only exception being agricultural burning. This April, the following guidelines will apply to open burning:
1. Material must be site generated.
2. Burning will only be allowed at a residential location.
3. No burning of grass land, pastures, fields or any type of acreage will be allowed.
4. The burn pile must not be bigger than 5' x 5' in size.
5. No commercial operations will be allowed to burn. This includes land clearing operations.
Normal open burning regulations (See Below) still apply and you must call in for a burn permit on the day you intend to burn.
If you have any questions, please call us at 913-583-3886.
Normal Burn Restrictions
1) Applicants are encouraged to request burn permits between 8 and 10 a.m. on the day the applicant desires to burn by calling 913-583-3886. Burn permits can be issued at other times throughout the day. Regardless, permission must be granted by NWCFD personnel prior to burning.
2) NWCFD personnel, at their discretion, may issue burn permits via telephone.
3) The applicant must be in legal control of the lot or parcel of land.
4) Burning will be attended continuously by a competent person of legal age, from the time of ignition to the time of extinguishment. If the fire is left unattended, it must be extinguished.
5) Burning will be permitted only when the wind is below 15 miles per hour.
6) Adequate clearance shall be provided from readily combustible materials (example: grass to be mowed) with material(s) to be burned located a minimum of 100 feet from ANY structure AND 10 feet from ANY property line.
7) A firebreak (mowed, tilled, or plowed) must be created of at least 20 feet on all sides of the area to be burned.
8) Only enough accelerant should be used to start the fire, not keep it going. If the wood is not dry enough, it won't burn.
9) Burning shall not create a smoke nuisance or hazard to neighboring properties or persons.
10) Precautions shall be taken to assure confinement, intensity and size of said burn.
11) Burning of ANY HEAVY smoke-producing material is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: rubber tires, plastics, roofing, tar paper, old furniture, garbage, cloth or any petroleum base product.
12) Burning of any of the following is prohibited: tarpaper, composite roofing, any asbestos-containing material, including siding, composite wood products, paint cans, railroad ties, landscape timbers, garbage, plastic, foams, old furniture, cloth, petroleum products, hazardous materials, household cleaners, household trash, metals, aerosol cans, tires, or non-dried heavy smoke-producing wet or green brush or trees.
13) Only dried clean wood and organic wastes, such as wild grasses and agricultural fields shall be allowed to be burned. Clean wood waste includes only dry trees, brush, and dimensional, non-treated lumber (2x4's, 2x6's, etc.).
14) A garden hose or other fire extinguishing equipment shall be available at the burn location. Residents shall keep an adequate water supply or a fire extinguisher on hand while burning.
15) Burning shall be conducted one hour after sunrise to one hour before sunset (except agriculture and other specifically approved fires). No materials may be added to the fire 2 hours before sunset.
16) There will be no charge for Burn Permits.
17) At any time, the Fire Chief, or his designee, may revoke burn permits or ban open burning, especially when weather conditions (high winds, low humidity) may make open burning too dangerous. The Fire Danger Forecast will be used as a guide in these decisions.