County delays burn ban despite fires

Clay Center Dispatch – March 25, 2014

Clay County officials are concerned about fires getting out of control because of dry conditions.

On Monday they talked to Emergency Manager Pam Kemp and Sheriff Chuck Dunn about putting a burn ban in place.

Commissioners asked Sheriff Dunn about starting a county-wide burn ban this week. Sheriff Dunn expressed that he would like to wait for another week with the snow and moisture that we are expected to get later this week, according to minutes taken by County Clerk Kayla Wang.

All parties will review this again next week.

According to the call log, last week the Clay County Sheriff’s Department and dispatchers at the law enforcement center sent firefighters to reports of

* A structure fire on Huntress Street at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, March 23,

* A grass fire on Weda Street in Longford at 6:32 p.m. March 18,

* A grass fire on Lincoln Street, Idana, at 3:00 p.m. March 19,

* A fire on 18th Road at 6:47 p.m. March 19,

* A fire on Court Street on 3:43 p.m. March 30,

* A grass fire on Redwood Road at 9:22 p.m. March 20.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department also reported several fires recently, including:

*On March 15, the Barnes and Greenleaf fire departments were dispatched to the 2600 block of 3rd Road for a structure fire.

* On March 16, the Haddam Fire Department was dispatched to 17th and Eagle Roads for a grass fire.

* On March 18, the Washington Fire Department was dispatched to 1805 Prospect Boulevard for trees on fire.

* On March 20, the Washington, Hanover and Hollenberg fire departments were dispatched to Rainbow and State Line Roads for a pasture fire.

* On March 20, the Morrowville Fire Department was dispatched to 1973 National Road for a control burn that got out of control.

* On March 23, the Clifton Fire Department was dispatched to 7th and Bismark Roads for a control burn that got out of control.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster