By Tracey Peters
A grass fire last week on highway D-65, north of Dysart, threatened to consume a barn on the Boyce residence. The cause of the fire is unknown, Boyce was at work at the time of the fire.
This time of the year grass fires can be very dangerous whether started by someone wanting to burn off old grass or by a careless driver throwing a cigarette out the window.
Fire Chief, Al Bredehoeft from the Dysart Fire Department stated that people need to use caution when burning. His first suggestion is just not to do it. But since there are so many people that do, that using a little common sense can avoid many unwanted problems. Bredehoeft stated that the main reason fires get out of control is because people leave the fire unattended assuming it will put itself out, then it flares up without warning, especially on windy days. Other tips were to have a rake or some kind of tool to use to stomp the fire out if it starts moving farther then expected. Finally always "back burn" which means burn against the wind. This will make the fire burn slower and gives less chance of it getting away or out of control.