TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Nearly half of all Kansas counties have declared burn bans until further notice because of hot and dry conditions.
The Kansas adjunct general's office on Monday said 45 of the state's 105 counties have bans in place, while one other has instituted a ``strong restrictions'' ban, meaning burning is allowed only if a fire department has deemed the site safe for burning.
Counties with burn bans include Anderson, Atchison, Barton, Bourbon, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Clark, Clay, Decatur, Edwards, Ellsworth, Ford, Franklin, Graham, Grant, Greenwood, Gove, Hodgeman, Johnson, Lane, Lincoln and Logan. Others are Marshall, Meade, Miami, Mitchell, Morton, Ness, Norton, Osborne, Ottawa, Pawnee, Phillips, Rawlins, Riley, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Stevens, Thomas, Trego and Wyandotte.
Stafford County has the ``strong restrictions'' ban.