County burn ban is lifted

By Tammy Helm
Fort Scott Tribune – March 22, 2014

The Bourbon County Commissioners on Friday voted to lift the burn ban at midnight Friday.

Their decision was based on a recommendation from Bourbon County Fire District No. 3 Commander Delwin Mumbower to lift the ban at midnight.

“It’s more or less to get through today, with gusty winds, low humidity, those kinds of things,” Mumbower said. “I think the weather is going to change, if the forecast is close, it’s going to be a lot better starting tomorrow.”

“We have had a number of calls about the burn ban,” Commission Chairman Allen Warren said. “Farmers who are needing to get CRP, and cropland, as well, burnt.”

After the burn ban is lifted, Mumbower said he is asking residents to call the county’s dispatch site at (620) 223-1700 to learn whether conditions are good for burning. Residents may also call the fire department in their district.

Second District Commissioner Barbara Albright said when attending the state county commission convention, she spoke with a commissioner from Chase County.

“He said, of course it’s very important to their farmers to burn, and he said they have a burn coalition,” Albright said. “I was really picking his brain about it. He said it goes through the fire departments and people call in, and it’s all prearranged when they’re going to burn. It’s such a necessity, but you can control how many and when to have people there.”

Albright said she has asked for a copy of Chase County’s document to share with Mumbower.

The burn ban was issued a week ago, following a day when rural volunteer fire firefighters responded to seven fires that had gotten out of control. After meeting with Mumbower on Monday, commissioners decided to keep the ban in place. The county had received some precipitation over the weekend, but according to Mumbower, it was just enough to make fields muddier, making it more likely that a grass fire truck would get stuck in a field, placing firefighters in danger.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

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