Spring is here and with spring comes rain (we hope), flowers, and fires. There will be agricultural burning going on now in the County. With the burning, new green grass will be covering the pastures. What should you do if you see a pasture burning and there is smoke going across the road? Stop your vehicle safely and turn on your headlights. Do not drive through the smoke if you cannot do so safely. It is better to arrive late than not at all.
If you see a pasture burning and no one is around, call 9-1-1 and report it to dispatch. Chances are, it is a controlled burn; the dispatcher can make that determination. It could be someone has set a fire without permission of the landowner.
If you see something that appears suspicious, please call 9-1-1 and report it. We have had a number of fires set in the county that were done illegally. Many of these fires have been set in the early morning hours. If you are out at night and see someone starting fires, call 9-1-1 right away. If you can get a vehicle description and a direction of travel – without putting yourself at risk, please do so. We have a large county and need all the extra eyes and ears we can get.
Stay safe and enjoy the warmer weather!
Sheriff Kelly Herzet