Burn bans in the Four States
Fireworks are allowed unless otherwise noted.
County burn bans:
City burn bans
Posted July 2 - News release from Kansas Adjutant General's Department
Due to unseasonably hot and dry conditions, a number of Kansas counties have instituted burn bans until further notice.
These counties include Anderson, Atchison, Barton, Bourbon, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Clark, Clay, Decatur, Edwards, Ellsworth, Ford, Franklin, Graham, Grant, Greenwood, Gove, Hodgeman, Johnson, Lane, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, Meade, Miami (portion under Johnson County Fire District No. 2), Mitchell, Morton, Ness, Norton, Osborne, Ottawa, Pawnee, Phillips, Rawlins, Riley, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Stevens, Thomas, Trego and Wyandotte counties.
Stafford County has instituted a "strong restrictions" burn ban, which means burning is only allowed if a site visit has been conducted by the fire department and the site is deemed safe for burning beyond a reasonable doubt.
In addition, some towns have issued burn bans. In some cases, these bans also prohibit the sale and use of fireworks. Kansans are urged to check with their city and county authorities on whether such prohibitions exist in their area.
"All it takes is one little spark," said Angee Morgan, deputy director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. "Hot conditions like we have with low humidity and gusty winds quickly fan that spark into uncontrolled flames. We urge all Kansans to please obey these burn bans for their own safety and the safety of others."
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Posted July 2 - The Pierce City, Missouri city council and fire chief have just issued a burn ban for their community.
Discharge of fireworks will not be allowed.
Fireworks will be allowed at a later date, following a significant amount of rain.
Posted July 2 - News release issued by City of Joplin
In accordance with Section 307 of the International Fire Code which was adopted by the City of Joplin via Section 58-51 of the Joplin Municipal code, Joplin Fire Chief Mitch Randles has issued a complete ban on all outdoor open burning and recreational fires within the City Limits of Joplin.
This ban does not include fully covered or enclosed grills, cookers or smokers. In addition, as Independence Day approaches this year, the Joplin Fire Department encourages citizens to keep safety in mind as they handle fireworks to avoid any problems.
This ban is being issued in the interest of Public Safety as a result a continuing pattern of hot, dry, and windy weather. The ban will be lifted once the weather pattern changes and the city has received a sufficient amount of rain fall to reverse current conditions.
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Posted June 28 - News release from the City of Parsons
PARSONS, KS — The Parsons Fire Department has announced that the City of Parsons will be under a self-imposed Burn Ban for the months of July and August.
Each year, the City of Parsons issues burn permits to residents. These permits are good from September to June.
"All burn permits currently held expire at the end of this week," said Kari West, City of Parsons Public Information Officer. "Permitting was designed to have a two month break during traditionally what is the two hottest and driest summer months."
If the weather cooperates, new permits that will be good through June 2013 and will be available from the Parsons Fire Department beginning in September.
"We like to err on the side of caution during the hot, dry weather," said Larry Steeby, Parsons Fire Chief. "We are encouraging residents to use the city's brush dump or the bulk trash service that is provided to get rid of yard waste."
For more information on bulk trash service or the brush dump, call 620-421-7000.