The fire index rating is rising almost daily In Dunn County, and so is the potential for fires.
The rural fire departments in the area said they’ve already been very active fighting fires this past week.
Just two weeks ago Dunn County had snow on the ground, but mother nature has quickly changed her mood.
“It feels like t-shirt weather just because of what temperatures have been,” said Ryan Hauck, Fire Chief for West Dunn Fire Protection District,
With temperatures continuing to climb the rural fire departments in the area have already battled five fires in a little more than a week.
“We had . . a controlled burn . . . somebody lit a pit. . . it got away from them, so we had to go out for a grass fire that burned up 15 to 20 acres,” said Hauck.
Hauck also said the conditions outside right now have him concerned.
“But as we look around the countryside the vegetation is extremely dry and with the low humidity levels and the wind . . .a fire can start rapidly”.
Dunn County Emergency Manage, Denise Brew said it’s time to put a Burn Ban in place so controlled burns don’t get out of control.
“Without a burn ban in place we can not say no . . . we need something on paper that tells people no you can not burn.”
Brew said that when their is a Red Flag Warning in effect, and/or the fire index rating is high or above, the Burn Ban will be in effect.
Halliday resident, Pat Kuntz said people who burn their trash will just have to adjust and take it into town to be disposed of.
“Pile up your garbage and find a place to put it. Take your garbage someplace”.
He also said that residents who already have garbage piling up should of done it earlier in the year.
“Well they should be doing most of their burning in the Winter when there is good snow cover, ” said Kuntz.
The Burn Ban should be in place by next week at the next county commission meeting, and Hauck hopes people call if they have questions.
“We would rather have you call us now than in the middle of the night saying, ‘I lit this pit . . .
and I didn’t mean to and its burning 15-20 acres and heading South toward my neighbors. Come help me'”.
Stark County recently put their Burn Ban in place due to dry and windy conditions