The dry conditions and an abundance of dormant vegetation have placed the area at an increased risk for fire. The Lee’s Summit Fire Department has issued a ban on all open burning within the City of Lee’s Summit and has suspended all Recreational Burning Permits until further notice. It should be noted that open burning in the City of Lee’s Summit is prohibited without a permit even during normal conditions.
Citizens should use extreme caution when using outdoor grills or other approved enclosed flame devices.
Most natural cover fires are started by improperly discarded smoking materials. Discard smoking materials into approved containers, and never out the window of your vehicle or onto the ground. Fires started by discarded cigarettes along the roadside are particularly hazardous due to smoke impairing visibility. These conditions are especially dangerous for firefighters and law enforcement working along the roadway.
Protect your home and business from natural cover fires by removing dead leaves, vegetation, and landscaping mulch from around buildings and from under decks. Creating a “combustible free” zone may keep a fire from spreading to the building. Provide proper containers for smokers to dispose of smoking materials