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Posted on: April 19, 2020

[ARCHIVED] WFR Responds to Grass Fire


Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a grass fire at about 1:30pm Sunday about 8 miles north of Watertown.  Upon arrival, crews found an 80 acre wheat stubble field fully involved.  Crews extinguished the fire in a little over an hour and a half.  WFR was assisted by local farmers and their tillage equipment.  Conditions are currently dry in the county, and the fire danger is actually higher than you may think for this time of year.  Remember to call your controlled burns in, and you are responsible for any damage caused by an intentionally lit fire.  If you decide to burn, even after reporting your controlled burn first, you are still responsible for any damage caused if it gets away.  Fires should be lit far enough away from any other combustible materials.  Your fire needs to be supervised the entire time is it burning.  Have extinguishing materials at hand prior to lighting the fire.  Open burning without a permit is not allowed within 1 mile of the Watertown City limits.  There is no open burning allowed in the city limits.  You may search the City of Watertown Website for local burn ordinances.    

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