The Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency is asking for cell phone numbers of farmers and ranchers as well as GPS locations of stock tanks, to be better able to handle major fires on or near land in Lincoln County.
This information will be kept confidential and utilized by the Emergency Management Director Dan Guenthner and local fire departments in the event of a wildfire.
In addition, the legal section, township and range of water sources would be greatly appreciated to pinpoint stock tanks and windmills on your properties, Guenthner said Tuesday.
The information might be critical in a rural fire, such as the fires that occurred in Logan, Thomas, McPherson and Custer counties on June 30.
Guenthner said a number of local ranchers and farmers have called him, asking that they be notified of wildland fires in their area so they can protect their livestock and property.
In addition, most of the ranchers and farmers in Lincoln County have portable water tanks that could be quickly used, Guenthner said.
“Those resources are important to know about and to maintain a database for wildland firefighting. The local fire departments in your area need this information, and the Emergency Management Director works very closely with them,” Guenthner said.
Guenthner said he has been looking into the best way to gather this information Since mid-June, to develop a proactive plan to help protect the property owners in rural Lincoln County.
Fifty-five counties in Nebraska have been declared under drought in a recent Nebraska Emergency Declaration. Lincoln County is included.
“Everything is extremely dry and one small spare can have major consequences,” Guenthner said. “Also, it is recommended that you keep a disc connected to a tractor that can be used to slow or stop the progress of a fire on open rangeland by disking the flanks of a fire.”
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A form will be developed and placed on the website soon for convenience, Guenthner said. The emergency management office is at (308) 532-7383 to leave a message. Or, informatoin could be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org