WICHITA, Kan. - The Sedgwick County Fire Department has issued a temporary ban on open burning effective Friday, June 29th.
Officials said the ban has been placed due to high levels of ozone in Sedgwick County and is expected to be lifted once the ozone levels have returned to acceptable levels.
Agricultural burning will still be allowed at this time.
Examples of open burns:
*Burning brush and tree trimmings on residential or commercial property.
*Burning that is considered necessary and in the public's interest as determined on a case-by-case basis (roadway clearings, salvage operations, structures, storm debris, etc.).
*Burning cut trees, vegetation or other clean wood for recreational enjoyment, commonly known as a "bonfire."
Examples of agricultural burns:
*Removal of stubble from crops.
*Removal of brush and tree trimmings or other vegetation intended to control invasions of trees on croplands.