Season expanded for burning yard debris
by Steve Kadel
staff writer
May 02, 2013 | 769 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Grand County residents now have a longer season to legally burn yard debris than in past years.

The dates for open burning have been expanded to include March 1 through May 31 and Sept. 15 to Nov. 15, Moab Fire Department Chief Corky Brewer told Grand County Council members on April 16.

He said the burning season used to be limited to 30 days in the spring and 30 days in the fall.

The new dates pertain to residents not involved in agricultural production, he said, noting that agricultural burning is allowed year-round. Brewer said the longer burn dates result from action by the state legislature.

Phillip Mosher, administrative assistant for the fire department, said residents must call the Grand County Sheriff’s Office each day they intend to burn to report their address and their intention. Those calls should be made to 259-8115, he said.

Mosher said the idea is to have a database of daily burning in case citizens call dispatch reporting what they believe is an uncontrolled fire.

The sheriff’s office will inform potential burners if it is a “red flag” day during which burning is not allowed because it’s too windy or the clearing index is too low, according to Brewer.

Mosher emphasized it is only legal to burn such things as tree branches, bushes and plants.

Burning is only allowed from sunrise to sunset.

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