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Carbondale to hold community forum on open burning

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE ” The Carbondale Fire Department will host a community forum Saturday on changes to its open burning regulations that were spurred by the County Road 100 fire last April.

The forum will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at the Carbondale Fire Station, 301 Meadowood Dr. It will feature a panel discussion by Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach, Garfield County Sheriff Lou Valario and possibly the Garfield County air quality control officer. The moderator will be Pitkin County Manager Hilary Fletcher.

Residents of the Carbondale area will have the opportunity to ask questions and weigh in on opening burning issues.

The fire department will enforce permits for burning more strictly starting this spring. Leach unveiled a new policy that requires people who want to burn to get an annual permit either online or by filing out a paper application. Anyone who wants to burn also will have the responsibility to notify the fire department each day they intend to burn. Landowners will be told to hold off if weather conditions aren’t expected to be favorable that day.

Leach said the international fire code adopted by Garfield County in 2005 gives him the power to implement the permit system. Previously, ranchers and other property owners that undertook burns were asked but not required to report their activity.


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