Now is time to apply for burn permits |

Now is time to apply for burn permits

SUMMIT COUNTY – Any homeowners thinking about applying for a burn permit should do it now, say Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue and Snake River Fire-Rescue firefighters.

Fire officials hope residents with slash and weeds to burn apply for permits before May, expecting weather to change to hot, dry and windy, then increasing fire danger.

Fire bans are to be expected around the state and Summit County, said public information officer David Williams.

Fire departments ask that anyone wishing to burn follow these rules: Contact the local fire department or wildland fire mitigation officer for a permit. Burn piles can be no more than 8 feet in diameter. Slash can be no bigger than 2.5 inches in diameter. Trash may not be burned in slash piles. A fire extinguisher or other approved means of snuffing a fire (e.g. dirt, snow, sand or garden hose) must be on hand. Burn piles must be 25 feet from structures. The wildland fire mitigation officer will inspect the pile before burning.

For more information, contact Summit County Wildfire Mitigation Officer Patti Maguire at (970) 513-4237.

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