Last week we enjoyed a very seasonal message from Pat Collins, who is the Director of Emergency Management for Riley County and also Chief of Riley County Fire District #1. Pat has a long record of success and achievement in the areas of emergency management and fire science. His talk focused on the coming season for the annual burning of the Flint Hills pasture lands. We learned about why this burning is necessary and why it can be controversial and that there might even be new and more restrictive rules this year.