Controlled Burn Gets Out Of Control

By: KOLN Email
By: KOLN Email

A controlled burn got out of control near Clatonia, Nebraska on Thursday.

The Clatonia Fire Department started the fire on Conservation Reserve Program Land near Southwest 56th Street and Highway 41. CRP land is often burned to help the native foliage and improve habitat conditions for animals.

Firefighters said the fire spread from the containment area, jumped a fence line and burned several acres more than intended. "It just got away from us in a couple of minutes," said a firefighter at the scene.

Crews from Hallam and Cortland were called to assist shortly after 9 p.m.

Landowners often contract with local fire departments to prepare and then burn the land, who in turn rely on the money to support their departments. The time period for burning CRP land expires at the end of the month.

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