Fire season in Kansas usually runs from early- to mid-March through mid-April in the spring, and it appears to be getting a quick start this spring. Rising temperatures and breezy conditions are quickly drying fuels across the state, increasing concerns for an active fire season in Kansas.


Ron Regehr, of Inman, checked the weather and decided it was time to burn his brome grass.


“There was no wind today,” he said. “I’m burning everything I can.”


Regehr said he only burns his fields every few years, when the conditions are good.


“You get better yields when you burn,” he said.


Regehr is right on top of the burn – always vigilant.


“Despite recent moisture, Kansas's primary fuel – grass – is abundant due to last year's above normal precipitation,” said Chip Redmond, Kansas State University assistant meteorologist, in a release.


Eric Ward, the assistant fire management officer for the Kansas Forest Service, said that multiple reports from fire departments and people conducting prescribed burns this winter and spring have indicated that fire behavior has been more challenging and difficult to control than the weather conditions would have indicated.


“Fire departments should be vigilant and prepared to dispatch more resources than they typically would in the event of a wildfire,” Ward said in a release. “Landowners conducting prescribed burns are urged to carefully check the fire weather forecast, available on each National Weather Service website, prior to attempting any burn.”


Make sure to check the weather for at least three days following any planned burn. An ember can burn because of dry winds a day or two after a prescribed burn.