Monticello fire crews get council OK to conduct Monte Club Hill burn

The Monticello Fire Department has received council authorization to conduct a controlled burn training exercise on Monte Club Hill sometime later this year.
City leaders unanimously approved Chief Steve Joerg’s request as a consent agenda item Monday night. City Administrator Jeff O’Neill provided additional background about the controlled burn in a memo to council.
The Monticello Fire Department has been doing controlled burns each year along the trail on the west side of town, O’Neill said.
The activity helps promote prairie restoration and serves as a training exercise.
According to Joerg, controlled burn exercises also provide the department a chance to train on different tactics, such as back burning, wind shifts and how different types of fuels burn.
Fire crews will watch the wind and weather and conduct the burn in a manner that limits neighborhood smoke intrusion as much as possible, O’Neill stated.
The cost to perform the burn will come out of the fire department training budget. No other city staff will be involved, O’Neill said.

Contact Managing Editor Tim Hennagir at tim.hennagir@ecm-inc.com

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