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Keeping Controlled Burns In Control

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Warmer and dryer temperatures prompted some farmers in the region to start controlled burns in their fields to take care of weeds and thick wild grass. Warmer and dryer temperatures prompted some farmers in the region to start controlled burns in their fields to take care of weeds and thick wild grass.

NBCRightNow.com – Warmer and dryer temperatures prompted some farmers in the region to start controlled burns in their fields to take care of weeds and thick wild grass.

Firefighters want you to be aware of important safety precautions before your controlled fire gets out of control. They say having a shovel on hand and some source of water is important, in case the fire starts to spread.

"It looks like we might be starting to get into a warming up period, so there's good potential...we've had 3-4 natural cover fires already since February, so the potential is out there any day. We really suggest calling the burn hotline and doing it right," explained Devin Helland of Benton County Fire District 1.

On a day like Sunday with high winds, both agricultural and residential burns were not advised. If you ever want to know if you should or should not burn on a given day, the Benton Clean Air Agency will post conditions on their site here: http://bentoncleanair.org/index.php/burning/burndecision/

You can also call 509-783-6198 for the residential burn line or 509-783-6570 for agricultural burns.

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