By Jeff Siscoe
At the meeting of the Bennett County Board of Commissioners, on November 21, 2012, the current Bennett County burn ban was lifted. The burn ban was placed in effect earlier in the year due to conditions being conducive to rapid growth of any fire that may have gotten started.
Since it is still very dry, local fire departments continue to ask that those who do open burning do so with caution. We have not had much precipitation, but the cooler temperatures raise the relative humidity, thereby lowering the fire danger.
Bennett County residents still are encouraged to burn in a safe manner. Regular burning of trash should take place in a safe container.
Please remember to call 911 and advise the dispatcher of the location of any controlled burns, before you start them. Standard operating procedure for reports of smoke of unknown origin is to send a full response of area volunteer fire fighters and equipment. If local fire fighters do not know what is burning, they must respond as if it were an occupied structure. If the 911 call center knows there is a controlled burn taking place at a given location, they will not send the fire department to investigate if a report of smoke is made at that location.
If you have any questions concerning the lifting of the burn ban, feel free to contact Jeff Siscoe, Bennett County Emergency Manager, at 605-685-6991.
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