Saturday's weather created ideal conditions for control burns, such as the one pictured here northeast of Broken Bow.
Haze continued over Broken Bow on Sunday following Saturdayâ€™s series of prescribed burns in the vicinity of the community.
Prescribed or controlled burning is a tool used by landowners to improve their grasslands. According to the USDA, prescribed burning is accomplished through a combination of head fires, firebreaks, fireguards, flank fires and back fires. A good control burn is well-planned. Natural barriers, such as streams, roads, etc. are used whenever possible.
The weather is one of the key factors to its success, and Saturdayâ€™s calm proved ideal. Control burns are most generally launched when wind speeds are 4-16 miles per hour and the relative humidity is 25-70 percent.
The USDA also suggests that prescribed burns be directed away from highways and populated areas. The government agency also suggests burning toward a plowed field or your own land instead of your neighborâ€™s.
A burn permit from your local fire district is required.
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