When do I need a burn permit?
Geary County rural residents are issued burn permits for the following instances:
- Burning fallen wood
- Burning brush piles
- Crop management
Household trash buring in the un-incorporated areas of the county does not require a burn permit as long as the trash is burned in a metal can or barrel with a screen covering or in a pit.
Permits will not issued for burning of debris to include tires, lumber, lumber products, or shingles.
ALL FIRES MUST BE MONITORED UNTIL THE FIRE IS OUT!
How do I obtain a Geary County burn permit?
Any resident desiring a burn permit in Geary County must make application for the permit Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Geary County Emergency Services office located at 236 E. 8th Street.
There is no charge for a burn permit. Information needed for the application includes:
- Telephone number and address of applicant
- Location of the burn site
Once the permit is issued, it is in effect for the calendar year. Renewals will be sent out in December of each year.
What do I need to do before starting a burn?
Prior to starting a burn, the person wishing to burn must call the Geary County Emergency Serivices at (785) 238-1290 and receive permission to burn.
You will need to provide the following information when calling in your burn:
- Burn permit number
- Location of burn
- Start time of burn
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF WIND SPEEDS ARE PREDICTED TO BE AT 15 mph OR HIGHER, THERE WILL BE A BAN ON BURNING FOR THAT DAY! THIS IS A STATE REGULATION.
When am I NOT allowed to burn?
There are several instances when permissin can be denied for burning. Such reasons can include but are not limited to the following:
- Wind speed
- Weather forecast
- Other burns out of control
- Any other unforeseen conditions
If you do not receive permission to burn, DO NOT START THE FIRE!
What do I do if the fire gets out of control?
If you have a fire get out of control, call 9-1-1. DO NOT CALL Geary County Emergency Services.
Is there someplace I can check to see if burning is allowed?
Geary County Fire has a website, gearyfire.org, which gives residents the burn status for the day.
Geary County Fire also has a twitter account, @gearycountyfire, where updates are given.
Those wanting to burn will still need to call into the office, (785) 238-1290, so their burn can be recorded.
**Permits issued through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is required for large amounts of timber. We can assist in filling out the paperwork, but please be aware that it can take several days to receive a State Permit.