Kansas officials issue burn advisory

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Parts of Kansas have had a fair amount of rain in recent weeks, but state officials say the persistent drought means it’s still too dry for outdoor burning.

The State Fire Marshal and Kansas Interagency Wildfire Council issued a burn advisory Tuesday, citing high winds, low humidity and other factors.

State Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen says residents should plan to delay burning fields and other areas for another year.

For instances where prescribed burns are essential this spring, the officials recommend checking for local burn bans, alerting neighbors beforehand and making sure adequate resources are available to keep fires from getting out of control.

Wildfires burned more than 41,000 acres in Kansas last year.

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