County requires burn permits

By Barbara Axtell
Beloit Call – April 4, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 29, 2014

The Mitchell County Commissioners considered placing a burn ban in Mitchell County, however, Mitchell Cloud Ottawa District 1 Fire Chief Larry Heidrick pointed out that Mitchell County has a permit system 365 days a year prior to burning.

He said, “There is a permit system. We do not have a burn ban. With the current system, at least we know what is being burned and where it is located. I really like what we do and it works well.”

With the current system, burning can be shut off by not issuing a permit. When you have a burn ban people don’t know it comes on and they don’t know when it comes off, Heidrick said.

“If you come out with a policy and make it (a burn ban) public it will just complicate our system,” the fire chief said. “We take them on a case by case basis.”

Also when the weather is not favorable to burn, the fire chiefs call the dispatch and say “no burn permits today.”

People should be advised that burning is very dangerous right now and when burning trash, it is advisable to take a hose and soak it down when done burning.

After a shelter belt fire near Tipton Sunday, Commissioner Jim Marshall said, “It is crazy to burn right now. I would like to see no burning until it rains.”

Marshall said several people had called with a concern because they need to burn CRP acreage by April 15.

Farm Service Agency Director Jamie Powell said the people with CRP can put the burning off until next year. They can also do inner seeding or discing for a fire break.

Land owners get a letter about the schedule to burn the CRP acreage, however they should not burn when conditions are not safe. The burn can be extended.

Commissioner Tom Claussen pointed out that once fires get started they are hard to control.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

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