Do your burning soon |

Do your burning soon

Fire officials are urging area residents who are planning controlledburns this spring to conduct them as early as possible.”We’re going into a very scary summer season at this point becauseof the lack of moisture,” said Aspen Fire Marshall Ed Van Walraven.”So for anyone who is planning on burning their ditches or doingcontrolled burns, they’d be better off doing it sooner than later,because we may not be issuing permits beyond May 1.”The fire department typically issues controlled burn permits throughthe month of May, Van Walraven said. But because of the volatileconditions that are shaping up this spring, he expects permitsto be available only through April. “We have a definite lack of moisture this year and things arerapidly deteriorating,” he said. “The normal precipitation thatwe get, we just didn’t get this year, so things are drying outand are more susceptible to fire.”Van Walraven said residents interested in obtaining a controlledburn permit should drop by the Aspen fire station on Hopkins Avenue.

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