Eagle County eases fire ban | AspenTimes.com

Eagle County eases fire ban

EAGLE, Colo. – Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy lifted a fire ban Monday to allow agricultural burns that target noxious weeds and dead grass in irrigation ditches and other farm and ranch areas.

Property owners who want to conduct a burn must obtain a permit from Eagle County and the fire protection district where their land is located. County or fire district personnel will inspect the burn site to assess the distance to surrounding structures and other vegetative fuels. The official may deny approval of the burn because of the threat to health and safety of adjacent property owners.

The property owner must communicate with the fire district and local dispatch center each day before initiating a burn. The property owner must also agree to monitor the weather forecast for conditions on and for several days after the burn.

All permits previously issued for burns are suspended. They must be re-approved with the new conditions.

The fire ban is still in place for all other open burning as well as for explosive materials such as fire works.

Anyone found in violation may be convicted of a class 2 petty offense and subject to a $500 fine.

A fire ban remains in effect in the Aspen Fire Protection District.

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