During the month of April, agricultural burning in Kansas and Oklahoma for the management of prairie and rangelands may affect the air quality in Nebraska.
Therefore, both states monitor smoke levels and wind directions to let Nebraska citizens know when impacts to Nebraska’s air quality may occur.
Smoke advisories are issued for impacted counties, by notifying the media and local health departments, and posting information on the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) and the Department of Environmental Quality’s (NDEQ) webpages.
If advisories are lifted or conditions worsen, additional advisories will be released.
Advisories help citizens protect their health by alerting them to days where outdoor activities should be reduced or avoided to minimize exposure to smoke.
Smoke advisories are issued for counties likely to be affected. Additional areas in southeast Nebraska may also be impacted if conditions change.
Advisories are based on data provided by the State of Kansas, smoke plume modeling, and from air quality monitors that are located in Beatrice, Lincoln, and Omaha.
The following Air Quality Index is utilized. This Air Quality Index (AQI) is used nationally and more details can be found at AirNow.gov for this and other impacts to air quality.