Fire Danger

By: Shelley Hansel
By: Shelley Hansel

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With all the hot and dry weather we're having, you may be thinking the fire danger across Kansas is increasing.

There is extreme danger in some parts of the state. It's hot, it's windy and we haven't had any rainfall in more than a week. But thanks to the humidity, south central Kansas is not in a high risk category for fire.

Sedgwick County is under a moderate danger. That means not all of the conditions are out there to warrent a high risk. And firefighters hope it stays that way.

Div. Chief Tim Millspaugh says, "The three factors they use to determine fire danger is temperature, humidity and wind speeds. The thing that's keeping us down to moderate today is the humidity is up 40 percent or better."

There are no burn bans in effect across Kansas, but in Sedgwick County you have to have a permit to burn.

Div. Chief Millspaugh says, "In Sedgwick County there is a provision that allows you to burn trash in a barrel if you have a screen over it . we do issue permits for open burns on the ground for tree limbs and brush."

The only extreme area of fire danger is in the northwest part of the state. But the longer we go without rain, firefighters say the higher our risk will go.

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