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Russell County Burn Ban Remains

Burn BanThe Russell County Commissioners held a special meeting Monday morning to discuss the countywide burn ban.

Russell County has been in a burn ban since December of last year due to dry and windy conditions.

The deadline for farmers to burn CRP ground for this year is April 15 and the Commissioners wanted to hear Monday from folks with an opinion on whether or not the burn ban should be lifted.

Land owners Lyman Nuss and Morris Krug both spoke. However, neither spoke about CRP burning. Instead, both expressed displeasure about the length of the burn ban. Nuss said he had several acres of rangeland he wanted to burn to control cedar trees and Krug said he had a large tree pile he needed to burn.

The Commissioners and County Administrator John Fletcher reassured the men once Russell County receives significant moisture the ban will be lifted.

Russell and Ellsworth County Emergency Manager Keith Haberer said a majority of the County's fire chiefs wanted the burn ban to remain at this time.

After about a 45-minute discussion, the Commissioners decided to leave the burn ban on and will re-evaluate the topic next week at their regular meeting.

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