Prescribed burns in other states could impact Nebraska’s air quality Tuesday

Sensitive groups between Kearney and North Platte may want to limit their time outdoors

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Prescribed burns in Kansas and Oklahoma, for the management of prairie and rangelands, could affect the air quality in Nebraska this morning.

A possible moderate air impact advisory was issued last night and will continue until throughout Tuesday morning for south and south central Nebraska.

Smoke could affect areas south of and between North Platte and Kearney. Areas north of this region could also be impacted by the smoke.

Unusually sensitive groups should consider staying inside during these moderate conditions.

More information has been posted on the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy’s (NDEE) webpages and social media platforms.

Advisories alert citizens about potential health hazards and advise them to limit outdoor activities to minimize exposure to smoke. They are based on data provided by smoke plume modeling and from air quality monitors in Omaha, Bellevue, Lincoln, Beatrice, Grand Island and Scottsbluff.

The following Air Quality Index (AQI) is used. This AQI is used nationally. For an hourly update on air quality across Nebraska visit

For more information on smoke awareness, visit NDEE’s website: at

For more information on burn activity and a smoke outlook, visit NDEE’s website:

View seasonal news release for information on the Flint Hills burns:

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