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Controlled burn gets out of control, threatens home

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BUCHANAN COUNTY (KWWL) - A controlled burn got out of hand Wednesday in Buchanan County, threatening a home in its path.

Buchanan County Conservation was in charge of the burn in Rowley Fen along Lucas Ave. Conservation Director Dan Cohen says they started the controlled burn around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, but a few hours later, it became out of control due to strong winds.

Three separate fire departments were called to help battle the flames. Volunteer Firefighter Richard Hare responded, and recalls the blaze being out of control when he got there.

"With the wind and stuff like it was, I figured we'd get called as soon as we saw it."

The fire inched toward a home nearby, and also near a dog being kept in a wired corn crib. The burn was supposed to stay on the south side of Rowley Fen, but because of strong winds, it jumped to the north and burned a much larger area than anticipated.

Buchanan County Conservation admits conducting a controlled burn Wednesday was a mistake. Director Cohen says they attempted to beat the wind forecast, by starting the fire in the morning. He says they've learned from their mistake, and wished the event would have gone differently.

No buildings were damaged, and no injuries were reported.

Director Cohen says the Buchanan County Conservation held a meeting Thursday morning to discuss protocol, and to re-assess conditions that are deemed safe for controlled burns.
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