Out-of-control pasture burns have not been a big problem for Fairbury Rural Fire, said fire chief Kenny Krause.
“Last year was excessive for us,” he said of being called to fires. “This year is just above normal.”
This year the fire department has responded to three outofcontrol grass fires, four brush pile fires, one fire that started along the road, one facility fire and one fire caused by pigeon. The pigeon fell to the ground from a power line and started the surrounding grass on fire.
“Guys burning pasture and CRP haven't been as big of a problem as one might think,” Krause said.
“People are trying to be careful.”
Krause said people burning brush piles and grass do need to closely monitor for at least three days the area where they burned. He said trees can burn for days, and strong winds can blow embers onto dry grass outside of the burn area and start a fire.