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Chief details open burning procedures, tips


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By C.J. MCMANUS
Sun Advocate community editor

Once again it's time for spring clean up, which can necessitate the open burning of refuse within the county. To combat any problem that may arise during this process, Price City Fire Chief Paul Bedont has set up a list of guidelines to protect both landowners who may be burning and the citizens around them.

The first article in this three part safety protocol demonstrated how to obtain a permit. This second piece will focus on what steps should be followed once a permit is obtained.

"You are required to call and obtain daily approval through the Public Safety Dispatcher at 637-0893," explained Bedont. "This phone call accomplishes two things. First it makes the local fire departments aware that there is a controlled burn taking place so that we are not called to the fire and secondly, state and federal environmental law allows burning only when atmospheric conditions allow."

The public safety dispatchers have this information, which is updated daily. The air clearing index information can also be obtained from the National Weather Service, link to their website can be found at the Price City Fire Department's website at www.priceutah .net.

The air clearing index is a compilation of several environmental factors which affect the atmospheres ability to carry smoke up and away from the ground where it is a hazard to breathe.

"Open burning is allowed during daylight hours only and the permit holder must be on-site and monitoring the fire at all times. Remember, you are responsible for any fires you start and could be held criminally and civilly liable for fire suppression costs and any damages which occurs as a result of your burning," said Bedont. " The EPA also forbids the burning of garbage which is one of the reasons that Carbon County provides a no-fee landfill for residential use.

The following are some safety tips which will help prevent a fire from getting out of control:

•Obtain a permit.

•Notify the county dispatcher each morning before starting the burn.

•Clear the area of combustible materials from around the burn area.

"This will prevent the fire from spreading," said Bedont. "Remember hot ashes can spread a fire beyond your property.

•Try to keep bunch piles small and limit the size of the fire and to prevent its spread.

•Never leave a fire unattended.

•Have a way to extinguish the fire, shovels, fire extinguishers, hose, ect., should the fire become too large and spread.

•Closely monitor the wind conditions and quickly extinguish the fire if burning embers begin to blow toward other combustibles.

•Burn only weeds, tree limbs, branches, leaves , grass, ect. Strict environmental laws prohibit the burning of trash, refuse, buildings and chemicals and other materials.

•Have a way to quickly call for help should problems arise.

•Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the site.

"Please be responsible when undertaking an open burn," concluded Bedont. "No matter the size of the controlled burn, fire must be respected at all times.

Editor's note: This is the second part in a three part series about the spring fire happenings in Carbon County.

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