BRIEF: Controlled burns dot Rock County countryside
JANESVILLE, Apr 06, 2012 (The Janesville Gazette - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Motorists might be seeing plenty of smoke and flames around Rock County today, but firefighters generally are at their stations.
Dozens of controlled burns were ignited Friday, said Jillian Peterson, a supervisor at the Rock County Communications Center.
As of mid-afternoon, Peterson reported more than a dozen controlled burns in the Milton area, 10 around Orfordville and at least 14 near Evansville.
Landowners need to check with their local fire departments or town boards, depending on their locations, to schedule controlled burns, she said.
Local officials usually alert the 911 center. When a passerby calls to report a fire, dispatchers look to see if it's a scheduled burn, she said. A dispatcher then calls the person doing the controlled burn to make sure it's under control, she said.
If a reported fire is not listed as a controlled burn, a fire department is sent, she said.
Each jurisdiction can be different, but landowners usually need to call their fire department to schedule a burn. They also can call the non-emergency line at the communications center at (608) 757-2244 to find out whom to call.
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