City of Independence, Missouri

Burn ban issued for April 12 through 8 a.m., April 15

A City-Wide, Burn Ban will be in effect for the remainder of the day, today, Tuesday, April 12 and is scheduled to remain in effect until 8 a.m. Friday, April 15, due to the potential for high winds and wind gusts during that period. This may be extended if windy conditions continue.

Several factors are, or may be, considered when deciding to issue a burn ban. Among these factors are fuel (vegetation) conditions, lack of recent precipitation, and/or humidity. However, there are times when the predicted high wind warnings and/or predicted wind gusts will be the sole determining factor when deciding to issue a burn ban. In higher wind conditions, despite the amount of any recent precipitation, embers or burning materials can become airborne and come to rest up against homes or other structures/buildings, causing building fires. Therefore, to help ensure the safety of both life and property, the Fire Prevention Division will choose to issue a city-wide ban, until more favorable conditions return to the area.

It should be noted that anyone who burns during these issued bans, within the city limits, may be issued a General Order of Summons (citation) and may be fined up to $500.

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. Learn more about open burn and cooking fire regulations here.

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.