Think firewise in between seasons |

Think firewise in between seasons

SUMMIT COUNTY – As the snow continues to melt, wildfire season is quickly approaching. Winter has transformed grasses and other vegetation into freeze-dried fuels ready to ignite. The pre-green period between winter and summer creates conditions ripe for fire. The Summit Fire Authority encourages homeowners to regain the defensible space surrounding their homes. Make sure firefighters can move freely around the perimeter of the home, unobstructed by branches or other flammables items. Remove needles from roofs and rain gutters. Dispose of winter blow-down and slash. Move leftover firewood stacks at least 15 feet away from structures.The Summit County wildfire mitigation officer and local fire districts issue burn permits to residents wishing to burn backyard slash. Clean, woody debris, no larger than two-and-a-half inches in diameter may be burned in small piles if weather conditions allow. Once a permit is issued, permit holders must call Summit County Dispatch when they start a fire and when they extinguish the burn. No burning will be permitted on days rated “high” fire danger. It’s common for Summit County to experience a burn ban during summer months. Homeowners are encouraged to dispose of slash during this pre-wildfire season.Slash may also be disposed of at the Summit County Landfill. The Landfill accepts clean, woody debris (organic material) at a rate of $15 per ton with a $5 minimum charge until June 30. Any open trailer or pickup must be completely tarped. The construction debris disposal rate is $48 per ton. Products cannot be mixed.Defensible space inspections are free to all Summit County residents. Call Patti Maguire at (970) 389-5228 Tuesday through Friday to schedule an inspection or obtain a burn permit.

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