Fairbury Rural Fire begins handing out permits for controlled burns

FAIRBURY, NE – The ground won’t be dry enough for a while yet, but prescribed burning season is right around the corner.

With that, the Fairbury Rural Fire Department personnel are making themselves available every Monday night for the next month to write permits for prescribed burning.

“We’re just making ourselves more available to landowners to come in and fill out the necessary paperwork,” Fairbury assistant fire chief Barry Schwab said, “and get their permits so they can do their prescribed burn, whether it’s pasture or CRP.”

Fairbury Rural can write permits that are valid for up to 30 days. Permits can be used at any time during that 30-day period.

Staff will be in the front office of the fire station on Industrial Avenue in Fairbury from 6-8 p.m. every Monday through April 8.

Anyone interested in obtaining a burn permit from Fairbury Rural Fire is encouraged to bring copies of current land maps with them to the station. Current land maps are available at the FSA office.

Like any year, Schwab and the rest of the fire staff like to remind patrons of a few safety tips before performing a controlled burn.

“Always keep an eye on the weather,” Schwab said. “Also, make sure you have adequate resources. Man power for sure. And of course, access to water and other suppression tools. So, if things get a little sketchy, you can deal with that.”

Schwab says there’s typically 50 controlled burns in the Fairbury Rural Fire district. The season for prescribed burns usually begins in early March and runs through the end of April.

With plenty of snow still to melt off and heavy rain in the forecast this week, many people likely won’t think about burning anytime soon. But once everything dries up, things will ramp up quickly.

“It might be fast and furious burning season this year,” Schwab said.

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