Lincoln Nebraska complaining about Kansas prairie smoke

April 21, 2017 - 4:56 am

LINCOLN, Neb. (KNSS) - The mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska has complained to Kansas officials about smoke pollution caused by controlled burning in the northern part of the state. Mayor Chris Beutler sent the letter to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Tuesday. 

Lincoln spokesman Rick Hoppe says the smoke is causing widespread health issues in and around the city.

"We're your neighbors, we're an agriculture state with a ranching background and we have a prairie," said Hoppe. So we understand the importance of controlled burn programs.  They have to exist and there are environmental programs, they're important to the ranch community and we get that.  We want to be good neighbors and respect that."

Hoppe says the concentration of smoke has gotten worse over the last two years. He says seven health warnings have been issued in recent weeks. The smoke has caused several community and school athletic events to be cancelled. 

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