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Bismarck Man Shares Ways to Make Sure Controlled Burns Stay Contained

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Even though it's been a windy week to try to be starting fires...

One man says there are ways to make sure your controlled burn doesn't get out of hand.

To get the best pastureland to grow...

Sometimes it needs to burn...

(NAT SOUND FIRE)

SOT Ken Will: "By burning the acreage you get a lot more wildflower and forbes that bloom and grow than if you simply mow it."

Ken Will wants to start a bee farm.

SOT Ken Will: "My wife and I are large gardeners and so there's been such a decrease in pollination in the last couple years."

He started a controlled burn on three acres of his property today-- the first time he's done so in about ten years.

Even though we have reported a handful of control burns that firefighters have had to head off the past week...

Will says it's all about taking precautions before starting it up.

SOT Ken Will: "Last week I went around the outside perimeter of this property and I mowed about a 20 foot wide swat so there's green group that's come up there. Now this afternoon before we started burning I went around and I wet that all down really well."

He uses an ATV sprayer and a 250 gallon tank with a high pressure sprayer on the back of his pick-up truck.

He also keeps a pile of sand and a shovel on hand while he watches the burn... and the weather.

SOT Ken Will:"We're burning uphill against the breeze so that we're not got a lot of wind that's gonna push the fire."

A fire that when done properly...

May leave the land better than before...

Will also says to call the rural fire department before starting a burn-- and after finishing.

Additional reporting by Steph Scheurer.

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