What types of fire pits are legal and illegal in NE Kansas

Dry and windy weather spells F-I-R-E across Northeast Kansas.

Storm Track Meteorologist Kyle Borchert lets us know what types of fire pits are allowed in our area and which ones could be illegal.

Unfortunately, we have been rather dry and breezy across the area lately and this isn’t the best combo for recreational fires.

“That can kind of be a dangerous combination,” says Topeka Fire Marshall, Michael Martin. “Right now we don’t have any burn bans in Shawnee County, but the rural fire chiefs are constantly getting together and evaluating the conditions and deciding when or if that has to occur.”

Recreational fire pits can be no bigger than three feet in diameter and your burn pile can’t be any taller than two feet. In fact, if your fire pit is any larger it is not up to code.

Your place of burning should also be more than 25 feet away from structures or any other combustible material. However, if there is a burning ban if affect for your area, no open flames are allowed.

You can still cook your steaks and grill your corn but be responsible and pay attention to the weather conditions. It is never wise to have an open outdoor flame with winds over 20 MPH.

Open burning this year is from April 15th through May 31st. If you have any brush to burn during the spring cleaning, it’s a good idea to start piling it up over the next few weeks.

Manhattan and Emporia have similar policies in place regarding what type of burning is allowed.

The open burning permits will become available April 1st.

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