About Cowley County Fire District IV
Cowley County Fire District IV is an all volunteer fire department that protects
all of Maple, Ninnescah and Rock Township in Cowley County, Kansas. We also
protect 12 sections of Gore Township in Sumner County and 6 sections of Fairview
Township in Cowley County. The total size of our fire district is 132
square miles and a population of 2,600 people.
We have 20 active volunteers and work out of two stations. Our main
station is located in Udall and we have a sub station in Rock. We
currently have 1 engine, 1 combination engine/tanker, 1 tanker, 1 pumper, 1
rescue and 3 grass rigs.
Outdoor burning in the unincorporated portions of Cowley County Fire
District IV requires authorization before the burning is to take
place. To receive authorization for any type of outdoor burning in
Cowley County you must call the Winfield 911 Center at
620-221-5555. To receive authorization for any type of outdoor
burning in Sumner County you must call the Sumner County
911 Center at
Outdoor burning in the city limits of Udall is prohibited.
If weather conditions are favorable, you will receive authorization
for your burn. You must also follow the guidelines below while
conducting an outdoor burn.
General Guidelines For
The following guidelines were established by K.A.R. 28-19-47(e) and
are to be followed when conducting any outdoor burning operation
within Cowley County, Kansas.
1. Burning is not otherwise prohibited by any local
jurisdiction of authority.
2. Burning of materials that produce heavy smoke, such as
oils, tires, and tarpaper is prohibited.
3. Burning shall take place only during daylight hours and
shall not be started until at least one hour after sunrise however, burning to create
firebreaks is permitted during early morning hours to take advantage of calm
4. Burning is prohibited during foggy days or cloudy days
with a ceiling of less than 2000 feet.
5. Burning is restricted to periods when surface wind speed
is more than 5 miles per hour and 15 miles per hour, and from a direction which will
not carry smoke over any occupied dwelling or public roadways or over any
airports within two miles of the burning site.
6. Burning within 1000 feet of a roadway shall take place
only after appropriate notification to the highway patrol, sheriff's office, or other
appropriate authorities, in order to avoid potential traffic safety hazards.
7. The area to be burned is at least 1000 feet from any
occupied dwelling and at least one mile from any airport.
8. The burning operation is supervised until the fire is