A grass fire was quickly extinguished thanks to the quick response of area fire departments. On Monday, February 14 at approximately 2:45 PM fire departments were dispatched from Broken Bow, Oconto, Ansley, Mason City, and Merna which included 45 firemen.
Broken Bow Fire Chief Jason Baum said the fire burned approximately 30 acres before it was controlled by the departments. Crews were still on the scene cleaning up hot spots a few hours after being dispatched. The cause of the fire was trash in a burn barrel.
Jason stated there is currently a burn ban in place restricting all outdoor burning due to the lack of moisture the past few months. He warned if anyone is caught using a burn barrel or burning anything outdoors, a citation will be issued.
The Nebraska State Patrol also provided traffic control on Sumner Road.