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Implement Kansas Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan

Contact the Flint Hills Regional Council for more information about implementing Kansas Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan

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Tool Information


  1. Air Quality
  2. Stewardship


Burning has a role in the healthy tallgrass prairie life-cycle, but air quality is also important. Smoke models show land owners potential of fire in their area of contributing to regional air quality. Landowners can use this as a tool to plan days to burn the prairie. Create a Fire Tools Coop to provide small landowners with the tool guidance necessary to adequately and safely burn their land. Implement the Kansas Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan by continuing to refine regional burning model, spreading awareness of plan, and developing tools to make using the model more convenient for ranchers.

Implementation Strategy

Champions and Partners

Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan

KS Prescribed Fire Council? (Jason Hartman, 785-532-3316, hartmanj@ksu.edu)

Dept. of Health and Environment?


Short (1-3 years)



Funding Sources

Past sources: KS Grazing Lands Coalition (Playa Lakes Joint Venture capacity grant), Pheasants and Quail Forever, US Fish and Wildlife Service Partners, and National Wild Turkey Federation.

Implementation Details

A brief outline of the first few steps necessary for implementation are provided. The steps outlined here are provided only as a suggested starting point and other approaches are certainly valid.

(see details of Smoke Management Plan and connect with stakeholders listed at http://ksfire.org/p.aspx?tabid=17)

Case Study

KS Prescribed Fire Council

During 2010, the Council worked with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment - Bureau of Air Quality (KDHE) and other partners to develop the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan to help Kansas meet EPA air quality goals and allow ranchers to continue using prescribed fire as a grassland management tool. KS PFC continues to work with KDHE and partners to educate Flint Hills ranchers and others about the Plan and how they can help implement it

KS PFC has assisted in completing numerous introductory prescribed fire training sessions for ranchers and land managers since 2009. Intermediate-level training session involving more in-depth planning procedures including smoke management was initially completed in January 2011. The Council plans to implement the intermediate training session in additional venues during the Fall 2011, and to introduce an advanced training session in the next year or two that provides instruction in handling more complex burning situations.

To initiate rancher discussions on the development of a smoke management plan, KS PFC and its partner members held a series of three informational meeting during January 2010 in the Flint Hills. Over 80 people attended the sessions held at Howard, Madison, and Westmoreland. Input from attendees was recorded and provided to partners and to KDHE for consideration as the planning process began in the Spring.

In January 2011, KS PFC coordinated the plenary session and concurrent sessions for the 2011 Kansas Natural Resources Conference entitled - Through the Haze - the Role of Fire in the Prairie.