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Call before burning slash

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SUMMIT COUNTY – With pine beetle slash and other yard debris piling high outside, the spring months are a popular time to get rid of everything, but local fire officials want people to know the rules before burning.Free burn permits are required for slash burning, which includes all clean woody debris and excludes construction garbage, said county fire mitigation officer Patty Maguire.Maguire must visit a residence to check what is being burned and where the fire will be before a permit can be issued.Once Maguire issues a permit, which is valid for 30 days, people must notify the Summit County Communications Center before lighting a fire. That way, if neighbors or passers-by call 911 concerned about smoke, dispatchers will know where it’s coming from. Fires are prohibited on “high” fire danger days.Fires are limited to eight feet in diameter and the flame length should be no higher than four feet, Maguire said. Somebody must be watching the fire the entire time it’s burning, and a water source is required to be located near the fire, she said.Permits are not required for recreational fires, which is defined as no bigger than three feet in diameter, although that could change as the fire danger changes.”Later in the summer, when we get into a fire ban situation then any kind of open flame like that is not good,” Maguire said.People who neglect to get a burn permit before lighting a slash fire can be subject to a fine, she said.Burn permits- Call Patty Maguire Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a burn permit at (970) 389-5228. Or you can visit any local fire station.- Call the Summit County Communications at (970) 668-8600 to notify dispatchers when you intend to burn and when the fire is put out.

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