Madison firefighters responded to a false alarm on Wednesday evening after an emergency call was made to the 911 dispatch center about a fire sighted just east of the city.
Fire Chief Randy Minnaert said three fire trucks were sent to a rural area east of S.E. 4th St. after the call was made at about 6:40 p.m.
At the scene, the firefighters found a controlled burn under observation. However, the operator had not contacted local authorities about setting the fire.
Minnaert said that higher temperatures and dry conditions had increased the threat of an uncontrolled fire during the first half of this week. Persons wanting to conduct a controlled burn should either contact the Madison Fire Station at 256-7523 or the 911 dispatch center at 256-7531.
The local area should see a reduced fire threat this weekend and during the coming week with the National Weather Service forecasting rainstorms until next Tuesday.