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Open Burning

burning limbs and brushAs the designated agent for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) within the county, JCDHE enforces the state air quality regulations on open burning. These regulations are designed to protect human health and the environment. JCDHE issues open burning exemptions in accordance with these regulations when prudent and necessary. Under these regulations, certain types of open burning do not require prior consent from JCDHE while others do require written approval. However, your local fire department, which operates on their local fire code, usually requires a burn permit. Always contact your local fire department for an open burning permit.

We also investigate open burning complaints to determine compliance with air quality regulations when they are received. Appropriate open burning investigations are referred to KDHE and/or local fire departments for possible enforcement action.

We've developed a "one-stop shopping" site for open burning for Johnson County. You'll find the state air quality regulations as well as an application for obtaining an open burning exemption from our office. To apply for a burning permit from your local fire department or district, we have included their contact information and links to their websites. We also have a page devoted to local burning conditions and if there are any restrictions on open burning within Johnson County.

 

When high wind conditions occur, usually 15 miles per hour or higher, most area fire departments will not be issuing burn permits.  During  dry or drought conditions, they may restrict open burning regardless of wind conditions.  It's very important for you to contact your local fire department before you do any open burning.  Here is list of local fire departments/districts:  https://jocogov.org/dept/health-and-environment/environment/air-quality/open-burning/fire-departments

 

Johnson County Department of Health & Environmental Department does not issue open burning approvals during the month of April.

 

Open Burning Exemptions

The exemption form should be returned by US mail to our office at least five (5) business days prior to the start of the scheduled burning. You may also fax the completed form to 913-715-6970. Please complete all sections and write legibly.

OPEN BURNING APPLICATION

You must include a map of the burn location with your application. A hand-drawn map is adequate but must be legible and labeled. Try using Johnson County's Automated Information Mapping System or another online mapping program to pinpoint the burn location and print the map.

The signed application should be faxed to 913-715-6970 or mailed to:

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
Air Quality Program
11811 S Sunset Drive, Suite 2700
Olathe, KS 66061

Fire Departments

Before conducting any open burning operations you will need to contact your local fire department to find out what permits they require.

The telephone number for the Emergency Communications Center is 913-432-1717 or 913-826-1001.  You can call this number if no one answers at the fire station.  The telephone number for Johnson County Med-Act is 913-715-1950.

For emergencies, please call 9-1-1.

Bonner Springs Fire Department
913-422-5674
Fax 913-422-7109
PO Box 38
Bonner Springs, KS  66012

Consolidated Fire District #2
Serving Northeast Johnson County
913-432-1105
Fax 913-432-7867
3921 W 63rd St
Prairie Village, KS  66208

Johnson County Fire District #1
Serving Southwest Johnson County including Gardner and Edgerton
913-764-7635
Fax 913-782-5709
490 New Century Pkwy
New Century, KS  66031

Fire District #2, County of Johnson, Kansas
Serving Johnson and Miami Counties including Spring Hill
913-681-2764
Fax 913-681-2786
19495 Metcalf Ave
Stilwell, KS  66085

Leawood Fire Department
913-681-6788
Fax 913-681-2399
14801 Mission Rd
Leawood, KS  66224

Lenexa Fire Department
913-888-6380
Fax 913-888-2143
9620 Pflumm Rd
Lenexa, KS  66215

Northwest Consolidated Fire District
Serving Northwest Johnson County including De Soto
913-583-3886
Fax 913-583-1363
9745 Kill Creek Rd
De Soto, KS  66018

Olathe Fire Department
913-971-7900
Fax 913-971-7982
1225 S Hamilton Circle
Olathe, KS  66061

Overland Park Fire Department (serves Overland Park and Merriam)
913-888-6066
Fax 913-895-8465
12401 Hemlock
Overland Park, KS  66213

Shawnee Fire Department (serves Shawnee and Lake Quivira)
913-631-1080
Fax 913-631-1628
6501 Quivira Rd
Shawnee, KS  66216

 

Burn Regulations

The Kansas Open Burning Regulations (K.A.R. 28-19-645 thru K.A.R. 28-19-648) 

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To read all the Air Quality Statues and Regulations for the State of Kansas, please visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website.

In Johnson County, open burning is regulated by both the state air quality regulations as well as local fire codes, administered and enforced by our local fire departments or districts. Air quality regulations address public health as well as environmental protection. Fire codes are for the protection of life and property.

There is some overlap of the air quality regulations and the local fire codes. For the fire departments or districts that allow some type of open burning, an open burning permit is almost always required. But under state air quality regulations, an open burning exemption (same as burn permit) is required only in certain circumstances. As a result, for certain types of burning, you may have to obtain a burn permit from the fire department and a burn exemption from our office.

When to Contact the Fire Department

Under the state air quality regulation K.A.R. 28-19-647(a), if you are involved in the following activities, you DO NOT NEED AN OPEN BURNING PERMIT FROM JCDHE, but you must contact your local fire department to see if you need a burn permit under the fire code:

a)  The following open burning operations shall be exempt from the prohibition on the open burning of any materials imposed by K.A.R. 28-19-645:

  1. open burning carried out on a residential premise containing five or less dwelling units and incidental to the normal habitation of the dwelling units, unless prohibited by any local authority with jurisdiction over the premises;
  2. open burning for cooking or ceremonial purposes, on public or private lands regularly used for recreational purposes;
  3. open burning for the purpose of crop, range, pasture, wildlife or watershed management in accordance with K.A.R. 28-19-648.

When to Contact JCDHE

Under the state air quality regulations, a WRITTEN OPEN BURNING EXEMPTION IS REQUIRED FROM OUR OFFICE in accordance to K.A.R. 28-19-647(c):

Open burning operations for which an approval is required but which are deemed to be necessary and in the public interest include the following:

  1. the use of safety flares for disposal of flammable gases;
  2. fires related to the training of government or industrial personnel in fire-fighting procedures;
  3. fires set for the removal of dangerous or hazardous liquid materials;
  4. open burning of trees and brush from nonagricultural land clearing operations; and
  5. open burning of clean wood waste from construction projects carried out at the construction site.

New regulations in 2011 banned almost all types of open burning in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties during the month of April. Open burning during this month is essentially limited to the prairie burning that occurs in the Flint Hills region. The burning operations listed in 1-5 above are not to be conducted in April and should be scheduled for any other month.  If absolutely necessary, an application for burning can be made but approval will come from KDHE in Topeka and not Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. For more information and background regarding the open burning in April, please visit www.ksfire.org.firefighter training

Local fire departments sometimes burn houses or buildings destined for demolition for more realistic fire training. This may take several days before the entire house is consumed. Removal of carpeting, furniture, and asphalt-containing materials, such as shingles, is required. An asbestos inspection must be made of the premises prior to burning to comply with both state and federal regulations.

In the photo on the right, the fire department is burning a condemned house for firefighter training. They applied for and were granted an open burning exemption prior to the burn. (Photo taken by Michael Boothe)

Open burning of trees and brush from a non-agricultural land clearing operation requires prior approval. If you are removing trees and brush for some type of development, such as an office complex, residential area, or shopping center, prior approval is required in addition to meeting the requirements for the local fire department.

 

Burn Bans in Effect--Updated 11-23-2020

Welcome to the one-stop place for all current burn bans in Johnson County, Kansas.

Fire District Ban In Effect Comments

Bonner Springs
website

No To obtain a burn permit from this department, call 913-422-5674.

Consolidated Fire District #2
(N.E. Johnson Co.)
website

Open burning not allowed at any time. Open burning of yard waste is prohibited by local ordinance in all of the cities serviced by CFD#2. Therefore no open burning permits are issued for this type of burning.

Johnson County Fire District #1 (Gardner, Edgerton, New Century Air Center)
website

APRIL

RESTRICTIONS

 

 

 

No burning of any kind for the month of April.

 

 

Johnson County Fire District #2 (Spring Hill, Stanley, Stilwell, Bucyrus)
website

APRIL

RESTRICTIONS

To obtain a burn permit from this district, call 913-681-2764.

Material must be site generated.

Burning will only be allowed at a residential location.

Burn pile can only be 5' by 5'.

No burning of grasslands, pastures, fields, or any type of acreage.

No commercial/land clearing operations of any kind.

City of Leawood
website

No To obtain a burn permit from this department, call 913-681-6788.

City of Lenexa
website

APRIL

RESTRICTIONS

NO BURNING PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL.

To obtain a burn permit from this department, call 913-888-6380.

NW Consolidated Fire District (N.W. JOCO, includes De Soto)
website

APRIL

RESTRICTIONS

To obtain a burn permit from this district, call 913-583-3886.

Material must be site generated.

Burning will only be allowed at a residential location.

Burn pile can only be 5' by 5'.

No burning of grasslands, pastures, fields, or any type of acreage.

No commercial/land clearing operations of any kind.

City of Olathe
website

APRIL

RESTRICTIONS

NO BURN PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL.

Recreational fires will be allowed in accordance with Olathe Municipal Code 16.05.150. 

Recreational fires are limited to natural materials with a fuel area of 3 feet or less in

diameter and 2 feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial,

cooking, warmth or similar purposes.

To obtain a burn permit from this department, call 913-971-7900.

City of Overland Park (Serves Overland Park and Merriam)
website

APRIL

RESTRICTIONS

To obtain a burn permit from Overland Park Fire Department, go to the city website and apply on EnerGov.  This applies to Overland Park and Merriam residents.  If you encounter issues call 913-888-6066.

City of Shawnee (Serves Shawnee and Lake Quivira
Website

APRIL

RESTRICTIONS

NO BURNING PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL.

To obtain a burn permit from this department, call 913-631-1080.

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