Due to the extremely dry conditions, along with the very high fire danger alert from the National Weather Service, burning restrictions have been put in place by the Albert, Claflin, Great Bend and Pawnee Rock Fire Departments. These restrictions apply to the respective area covered by each of the named departments.
While this is not an official burn ban, the restrictions are the same. No open burning is allowed, although there is special permitting for agriculture burns. Local fire departments are responsible for issuing burn permits within their coverage area.
Doug Hubbard, 911 Director, provides a list of the County’s fire chiefs on the Communications page of the County’s website – www.bartoncounty.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/Communications%20/%20911. Citizens may also call the Communications Administrative number, 620-793-1920, for that information. Although the burn permits require Communications to be notified of planned burns, Hubbard adds that, dependent upon weather conditions and other factors, citizens may be referred to their respective fire department for permission to burn.