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Updates of Prescribed Burns



The Nebraska Departments of Environmental Quality, in conjunction with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Department of Health, the Douglas County Health Department and support from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is providing the latest forecasts and information regarding the impact prescribed fires and wildfires have on air quality. There are a multitide of variables that factor into any prediction, to name a few: the weather; the number of acres being burned; and the fuel load on those acres. Information will be provided on the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website when it appears air quality may be compromised. Additional information can be found at the the Flint Hills Smoke Management Association web page Smoke Model forecast.*

On April 10, 2018, Nebraska DHHS announced a public smoke advisory system which was developed in coordination with NDEQ, Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department and Douglas County Health Department. On March 26, 2019, DHHS issued a news release updating this year's activation of the system: "DHHS Activates Smoke Advisory System for Flint Hills Burns." *
Updated advisories will be posted on this web page through the 2019 burn season.

UPDATED INFORMATION: DHHS and NDEQ have issued a moderate level smoke advisory on April 15, which has been extended through April 17, for Southeast and South Central Nebraska. For more information, see press release.


AirNow: For current conditions of Nebraska’s Air Quality and tomorrow’s forecast, go to NDEQ’s link to federal AirNow web site: AirNow – Conditions and Forecast*

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Smoke Outlook
(This information was last updated April 16, 2019.)

Wednesday, April 17: Moderate south-southwesterly winds ahead of an approaching cold front will transport smoke from potential fires in the northern Flint Hills into Topeka. As the winds shift to northwesterly in the evening, smoke from these potential fires will be directed into Kansas City. In addition, smoke from potential fires in western Sedgwick County will impact Wichita as winds shift to northwesterly.

Thursday, April 18: As the cold front departs to the east, moderate and gusty north-northwesterly winds will transport from potential fires in most Flint Hills counties away from major metropolitan areas.


Smoke Awareness in Nebraska: For more information about burning activities in Flint Hills and their potential impacts in Nebraska, visit NDEQ’s main Smoke Awareness Page

Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan: For more detailed information about the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan, go to www.ksfire.org. *

Daily Updates: To view daily updated maps and forecasts in the Flint Hills region, select Access Smoke Model.*

Facebook Connection: Frequent updates can also be found at the KS Flint Hills Smoke Management Facebook page, located at https://www.facebook.com/ksfire *

Compilation of weekly updates: At the bottom of this page are PDFs produced every Friday by KDHE that provide the public information on the prescriabed fires within the Flint Hills area. The updates include information on the prior week's weather, observed fires and smoke, and air quality information. They also include a look ahead at the upcoming week of weather and potential prescribed fire intensity.

* This document contains links to non-NDEQ websites; these links will open in a new tab or window.