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Disaster Declaration & Information

Disaster Declaration & Information

A state of local disaster emergency may be declared in the event that a disaster has occurred or that the threat of a disaster is imminent.  A declaration may be made by the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, or in the event of the absence of the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, a majority of the remaining members may declare a state of local disaster emergency.  If it appears that local resources are not adequate to deal with the emergency, state assistance may be requested through the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.  Depending upon the damage, the governor may issue a declaration of a State of Disaster Emergency.

 

Current Information - Burn Ban LIFTED

On April 2, 2018, the Barton County Commission lifted the temporary burn ban for Barton County. Effective at 12:00 p.m. on April 2, 2018, individuals may burn with approval from the fire chief having jurisdiction of the area where the burning is to take place. Burning is not allowed in Barton County without a burn permit and without appropriate notification to authorities.

 

Anyone wanting to conduct a controlled burn should monitor Fire Weather forecasts issued by the National Weather Service Office in Wichita to help in planning a safe burn, https://www.weather.gov/ict/fire.

 

Individuals wanting to conduct an open burn must have a current burn permit and provide notification of the burn location to Barton County 911 Communications at 620-793-1920. The dispatcher will advise if conditions are appropriate for burning and if there are any additional burn restrictions required by the fire chief having jurisdiction of the burn location.

 

Any additional questions concerning local burning, should be directed to the Fire Chief having jurisdiction of the area where the burning is to take place. The fire chief may or may not issue an agricultural burning permit.

 

     Barton County Fire Departments & Districts

     Barton County Fire Chiefs

   

 

Drought Declaration - State of Kansas

 

On March 13, 2018, Governor Jeff Colyer declared drought declarations for all 105 counties in an emergency, watch or drought status.  Recommendations for the drought declarations came from the Director of the Kansas Water Office as a result of weeks of abnormally dry conditions throughout the state.  The drought has resulted in an extremely high risk of fire danger and possible impacts on water supplies should the conditions continue for an extended period of time.

     State of Kansas Drought Declaration Executive Order 18-11

     Kansas Drought Response Fact Sheet - March 2018   

     SBA Disaster Loans Available as of March 19, 2018

     SBA Disaster Loans Available as of April 4, 2018

 

 

Barton County Disaster Declarations
Year Date Incident Description Resolution Number
       
2018 10-09-2018 Heavy Rains & Flooding beginning October 9, 2018 NA
2017 05-25-2017 Tornadoes & Severe Thunderstorms beginning May 16, 2017 - Extended NA
2017 05-16-2017 Tornadoes & Severe Thunderstorms beginning May 16, 2017 NA
2017 01-23-2017 Freezing Rain, Freezing Drizzle, and Ice Accumulations beginning 01-13-2017 NA
2016 06-27-2016 Thunderstorms, Heavy Rains, Flooding and Flash Flooding beginning May 22, 2016 NA
2015 06-15-2015 Thunderstorms, Heavy Rains, Flooding and Flash Flooding beginning May 4, 2015 NA
 2013   08-04-2013 Severe Storms and Flooding beginning August 4, 2013 NA
2013 03-25-2013 Snowstorm February 20-27, 2013 2013-07
2012 09-10-2012 Burn Ban in Effect until September 17, 2012 2012-27
       

 

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