Burn bans lifted, permit requests up - KCTV5

Burn bans lifted, permit requests up

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EASTERN JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -

The Kansas City area was under a burn ban in April, but favorable weather conditions mean the ban has been lifted and permit requests are piling up.

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens recently burned 25 acres, which was one of the largest controlled burns in the area in recent history. Wind meters helped ensure the burn went well.

High winds and dry conditions are helping fuel a deadly fire in Oklahoma that started as a controlled burn that went awry.

"You have to be real careful," said Central Jackson County Assistant Chief Eddie Saffell. "You can't assume because it's green it won't burn. It doesn't take much of the wind at all to take a small fire and turn it into a larger area."

Saffell said he is seeing up to 30 permit requests per day.

There is no consistent requirement across the Kansas City area when it comes to burn permits. If a fire is less than 3 feet by 2 feet, it may not need a permit. Kansas City won't issue a permit for a fire bigger than 10 feet by 10 feet.

In Overland Park, fire officials require a permit to be issued, but there is no cost. Fire officials want details on when, where and just how big your fire will be and you must have access to a water hose and water.

Overland Park Fire Marshal Mark Sweeney said the biggest requirement is that there be someone to stay with the fire the entire time and fully extinguish it before leaving the fire.

If your fire gets out of control, call 911 immediately.

Permit fees are generally free to $25. You should contact your local fire department with questions about a control burn or obtaining a permit.

The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department has officials who are happy to answer questions. You can call their office at 913-422-1414 or go to their website for more information: click here.

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