Kansas ranchers range burn ahead of high wildfire danger
FLINT HILLS, Kan. (KAKE) - With the possible high fire danger Tuesday, many ranchers in the Flint Hills spent most of the day range burning before high winds arrive.
You could see large clouds of smoke in Chase County on Monday.
Ranchers get an exception to range burn since there's a burn ban in effect right now. But there are several steps they have to follow.
"This helps prevent what you see is kind of the wildfires that do cause a lot of trouble," said Dave Griffin, a Chase County rancher.
Dave Griffin and his family have owned this land since the 1800s. He says there are many other benefits to range burning than just fire prevention.
"The cattle will perform better. Think of it as fresh food versus year-old food. When we come back with cattle it will be green grass and more nutritious and better for them," said Griffin.
Griffin says ranchers have to let the county know when they start burning, how much they're burning, what kind of equipment they have to put out, and when it's all extinguished.
"It will be easy for us to know that it's out 100% today," said Griffin."If everything goes well, you generally, on a deal like this it puts itself out. Because we'll burn around the outside. We'll start right at the edge of the road. It will burn itself out at the road."
The city of El Dorado says that the fire department is watching weather conditions for Tuesday. Which include winds and humidity. They also made sure all trucks are ready to go if needed. They just had a huge grass fire Friday.