Archive for Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Smoke from range burning in Flint Hills reaches east to Lawrence and Kansas City

April 8, 2009


— Smoke from pasture burnoffs in the Flint Hills of Kansas has been seen and smelled in a wide area of the state and into the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The haze showed up in satellite imagery Tuesday night and early Wednesday, as more central Kansas ranchers than usual burned their pastures at the same time. Winds from the southwest caused smoke to drift to the northeast.

National Weather Service meteorologist intern Audra Hennecke said radar indicated extensive burning over the Flint Hills and northern Oklahoma. She said ranchers are probably catching up on annual spring burns following a streak of wet weather.


cellogrl 8 years, 11 months ago

I wondered what that was from. Good to know/

mdfraz 8 years, 11 months ago

I flew in from DFW on Monday night and about 45 south of KC saw a bunch of orange light in funny shapes below us. I wondered if it was fire, but it was so extensive I wasn't sure. Plus, it was 11 pm, and I wondered if people let fires burn all night long, possibly without a lot of supervision? I guess if you have miles and miles of pasture it doesn't really matter much, but I was a little surprised about seeing that.

tolawdjk 8 years, 11 months ago

I remember one year, back in the late 90's when we had an insanely wet spring. Everyone burned on like the same weekend.

Later found out at work that the state of Tennessee contacted us because they were looking into some ozone exceedences and had back tracked that air mass to it origins in Kansas. They wondered what the hell it was we were doing.

ralphralph 8 years, 11 months ago

The burning of the grasslands is as natural as things get. I remember a few years ago that an EPA dweeb wanted to stop the burning or space it out over several months ... it was affecting KC's readings for a few days. Guess what, folks ... the range burned before ranchers, and unless you pave it over, the range will burn after ranchers perish ... only then the fires will be out-of-control and unmanageable, the way forest fires are when the woodlands are placed in the control of people who don't understand them. Unlike the smog from the cities, this will pass in a few days and the new grasses will start soaking up CO2, filtering our water, and feeding the food chain. What a wonderul thing the spring fire is!

viewfromahill 8 years, 11 months ago

They don't call 'em Flint Hills for nuthin'.

Bassetlover 8 years, 11 months ago

One of the best smells ever! Ahhhhh.......

tunahelper 8 years, 11 months ago

its kinda like everytime a Wildcat in Manhattan flushes the toliet he can think of a Jayhawk in Lawrence drinking that same water!

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