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Open burn damages corn field

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Officials urge Clay County residents to think before striking a match.

"People really need to think about what they are doing," Clay County Emergency Management Director and Lewis Township Fire Chief Bryan Husband recently told The Brazil Times. "It's just too dry to burn anything that is not contained right now. It's just not smart."

Shortly after 7 p.m., Monday, members of the Lewis Township Volunteer Fire Department, along with multiple other departments assisting and on placed standby, were dispatched to an "unattended open burn" in the area of 14000 South County Road 500 West that got out of control and damaged approximately six-eight acres of a nearby "standing corn field."

Husband said the amount of damages has yet to be determined as of press time.

"The fire, which was a high loss of income, could have potentially destroyed a farmer's livelihood," Husband said. "We were really thankful the wind died down."

According to Husband, if someone starts a fire, they are potentially responsible for any damages caused by the fire.

"No matter how big a fire is, if the wind picks up an ember and it starts a fire someplace, you are potentially responsible for the damages," Husband said. "You could be held financially responsible through a civil claim by the victim, and/or the fire departments could also fire a claim."

According to information provided by Clay County E911, local fire departments throughout the county have responded to more than 20 fires since Sept. 20. Due to the extreme dry conditions and high winds in the area, the Clay County Commissioners enacted a burn ban within all unincorporated areas within Clay County.

"It's just too dry out there right now to start a fire," Husband said. "It's going to take more than just one rain to fix the drought conditions in the county. We could be experiencing this all the way into December."

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QUOTE FROM ARTICLE: " members of the Lewis Township Volunteer Dire Department,"

Ivy, what is a Dire Department?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Sep 29, 2010, at 1:03 PM

Hmmmm...mine says Fire Department. Must have fixed it.

-- Posted by th1953 on Wed, Sep 29, 2010, at 8:34 PM

Perhaps the Dire Department is where they "fire" their claims "and/or the fire departments could also fire a claim."

So let's hope when they fire these claims they make sure they are contained because; "It's just too dry to burn anything that is not contained right now. It's just not smart." !!!

-- Posted by callmepicky on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 12:07 AM

TH, whenever a mistake is pointed out to the Times (which is quite often), it doesn't take them long to correct it. Everyone makes typos, but should seasoned professional reporters? :)

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 8:53 AM

I am more amazed at the frequency to which grammatical errors are overlooked instead there being said errors. Also, I am by no means an expert when it comes to operating a newspaper, hard copy or on line, but aren't copy editors supposed to proof read or edit article submissions prior to publication?

-- Posted by madman36 on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 3:19 PM

MADMAN, I can see both sides of that coin, actually. I've been a proof-reader and when you read 100s of articles in a week .. you miss a few.

I'm just as bad about grammatical errors though .. to a fault, I'm sure. I'm amazed at how offensive it is to people when those errors are pointed out! GEEZ! I'm not calling anyone an idiot .. I just want it fixed.

As for the ban .. common sense should prevail people .. if your yard crunches when you walk on it .. don't drop your smokes, matches or leave fires unattended ANYWHERE!

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Oct 5, 2010, at 11:35 AM

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