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Fire bans may soon be here

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Burn permits halt aims to clear the air

Durango Fire & Rescue Authority has stopped issuing burn permits because of the high fire danger, said Chief Dan Noonan.
“We know that people want to be able to burn, however, we feel the conditions are too severe,” he said. “If an accident were to occur, it could have potentially serious consequences.”
La Plata County has had a burn-permit program in place for a year. It requires residents to obtain a permit if they plan to have a fire larger than 2 feet by 3 feet, including bonfires, burn barrels, burn piles and weed burning. It does not apply to agricultural land.
“The purpose of the permitting process is to educate the community on how to conduct a safe and effective burn without creating man-caused fire,” Noonan said.
The permitting process also helps inform the fire department of controlled burns, thereby preventing them from responding to reports of smoke only to find out it is a controlled burn, which potentially takes away resources from other calls.
The fire department has issued 668 permits since June 2012 when the program started, and 322 permits since April, Noonan said.
shane@durangoherald.com

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