A city-wide Burn Ban has been issued for the remainder of today, November 18, and will remain in effect until Monday, November 22, at 8 a.m. for all outside or open fires (except for residential barbequing). The ban is a result of high winds which are forecasted to be up to 10-20 mph beginning today and continuing throughout the weekend.
“The forecasted high winds can easily create conditions where rapidly moving natural cover fires can occur,” Independence Fire Department’s Assistant Chief Michael Ditamore said. “Furthermore, in the interest of community safety, citizens are reminded to properly dispose of smoking materials, fireplace logs and barbeque charcoal by placing them in a metal container after dousing with water.”
For further information about the current outdoor burn ban, citizens may contact the Fire Prevention Division of the Independence Fire Department at (816) 325-7121 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.