There was a fire on the Hastings Museum grounds this morning and members of Hastings Fire and Rescue were the ones who set it.
The museum's prairie garden, which was planted in 2008, had become overgrown with some plants that were suffocating others so the museum staff decided to burn it.
"As with most natural prairie, it started to get some of the plants we didn't really want," said Becky Matticks, the museum's director. "So as in nature we decided to burn off the prairie."
The fire was started a little after 8 a.m. and was extinguished within an hour after it had burned most of the prairie grasses and plants in the prairie garden just outside the front door of the museum.