McConnell Air Force Base will be conducting four controlled burns on Saturday, March 18th, and Sunday, March 19th.
The burns are subject to weather and wind conditions. They are being conducted to remove excess vegetation, which will reduce the overall wildfire hazard long-term.
The areas on McConnell for the controlled burns and the dates of those burns are:
- Saturday: a vacant field between Topeka and Hutchinson streets;
- Saturday: A grass field on the northwest corner of McConnell, just east of S. George Washington Boulevard;
- Saturday; select grass fields in the southeast corner of McConnell, with one area adjacent to the base’s southern fence, and west of rock and 42nd Street.
- Sunday: two areas of grass fields at the south end of the runway and the southwest corner of base property, all within the base perimeter fencing. Both of these areas border East 47th Street South and are east of S. Oliver Street.
The 22nd Air Refueling Wing Safety Office, McConnell AFB Fire Department, and Airfield Management will be working together to control each burn. The burns are being conducted by the Air Force Wildland Center and a burn permit has been issued by the Sedgwick County Fire Marshall Office.
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