YORK – You may notice a smoky tinge to the air this morning. That’s because farmers and ranchers in the Flint Hills region in Kansas are burning nearly two million acres of grassland to better grass for cattle. The current conditions now puts the air rating at unhealthy for all people. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.
Four Corners is issuing a Health Advisory in the Four Counties (Butler, Seward, York, Polk) because of smoke from agricultural burning is likely to affect our area. Burning in the Midwest, especially in the Flint Hills area of Kansas, combined with the current winds have led to unhealthy levels of smoke in our Region. After conferring with Air Quality Officials it has been determined that the levels of smoke in the air are unhealthy for all individuals especially those with asthma, lung disease, other respiratory conditions or heart disease as well as older adults and children. Four Corners advises those at most risk to stay indoors and avoid strenuous physical activity. All individuals should reduce prolonged activity outdoors and take more breaks. The poor air quality may continue depending on prevailing winds from the south.
Residents are advised to keep windows and doors closed and use the “re-circulate” setting when using a vehicle air conditioner. Those who experience difficulty breathing, coughing, and tightness in the chest or angina should contact a medical provider.