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Burnings to increase across Riley County

By Bryan Richardson

The county’s assistant Riley County fire chief said Monday that residents should brace for a considerable amount of smoke from burning this week.

Doug Messer told Riley County commissioners the cause is a compressed burning season due to weather conditions, lasting for a couple of days rather than a couple of weeks. He said Monday wasn’t a good day for burning.

There won’t be a lot more time for controlled burning to occur for most people. Under the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan, April is a non-burn month with the exception of range or pasture management purposes.

Messer said the past weekend was an active one for burning with 175 to 200 calls from 5 p.m. Friday to Monday morning.

Also at Monday’s meeting, county treasurer Eileen King said the deadline for March vehicle renewals is coming up.

All “B” tags are due Friday. The current insurance card on each vehicle must be shown. Renewal forms or other forms need to be signed by the registered owner, if not present.

Military must present current full month LES and Orders/ORB/ERB for personal property tax exemption. A work station is provided outside the office for military personnel to access the information needed.

The treasurer’s office will open one hour late Tuesday, April 5 for training the new motor vehicle system. It will open at 9 a.m. on that day.

The Riley County Extension Office is hosting a beginner vegetable gardening class, which will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Pottorf Hall at CiCo Park.

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