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Extension office provides burn school


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

RUSSELL -- Those who plan to conduct a prescribed burn in Russell County will have to attend a prescribed burn school.

A requirement to receive a burn permit in Russell County is a person must have attended an Extension prescribed burn school.

The Russell County Extension office, Russell County Conservation District and Russell County Farm Service Agency office will host a burn school from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at the 4-H Building in Russell.

Items that need to be considered and arranged prior to a burn will be discussed at the school.

Kevin Ochs will discuss FSA changes for 2012.

Keith Harmoney, K-State range scientist, and Toni Flax, NRCS range conservationist, will use a sandbox to demonstrate planning for a burn, and Carol Blocksom, K-State prescribed burn specialist, will cover weather conditions.

Matt Smith of Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of burns on wildlife.

Also, Gary Blundon will talk about the advantages of membership in the Burn Association.

The noon meal is courtesy of Black Gold Pheasants Forever. There is a $5 workbook fee.

Call the Russell County Extension office at (785) 483-3157 or email driscoll@ksu.edu to register by Feb 24.

There must be 10 people preregistered to have the class.