On Sat. March 24, a controlled weed burning fire got out of hand, when wind picked up and extended the controlled fire to cause a grass fire. The fire swept fast burning a fence, and part of a power pole.
The Morgan Fire Dept. was quickly on hand and got the fire put out before too much extensive damage was done. Fire Chief Dave Rich stated for those who do spring burning to contact your local fire department first so they can be aware of locations of control burns.
As the season gets closer to summer, caution should be taken when it comes to burning, and a permit can be obtained by phone by contacting Mountain Green Fire Chief Les Stone, or Morgan Fire Chief Dave Rich or Boyd Carrigan.
A clearing index (or in other words air quality) can be determined when it’s legal to burn or not, with index numbers between 0 - 1000. Numbers over 500 indicate a better time to burn. The lower numbers mean that smoke hangs in the air and comes back down at you, and higher numbers being a factor where the smoke goes up in the air and dissipates. Each year the Morgan Fire Dept. operates on a given budget that the county and city administer and pay into.
Many years the fire Dept. has been able to give back to the budget at the end of the year. There is no way of knowing what a year will bring with weather and seasons every changing, or if the budget will stay under as it has, or be extended.
Fire Safety and prevention is something everyone in the county should be aware of. If you need to burn or have any questions, please contact the fire departments first.