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Burn Permits – an open then closed case

Ellen Cook

Leader Editor

To burn or not to burn – that was the question Box Elder County fire marshal Greg Martz asked commissioners Wednesday during a discussion over allowing his office to again issue burn permits.  As of Tuesday, the answer will be yes, and it will be “business as usual” – at least for the time being, and just inside the fire exclusion area.

Because of the dry weather conditions this year, the county earlier opted to follow the state mandated fire closures, as well those put in place by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service.  But those agencies have now lifted their ban on burning and Martz wanted the county to follow suit.

Commissioner LuAnn Adams wasn’t quite as eager to follow in those fire-driven footsteps, however, especially when it comes to parts of the county where conditions are at their worst.

“It’s a bomb out in western Box Elder County,” she told Martz.  “I don’t have an issue with allowing burning in the valley, but out there, I’m concerned.”

Adams conceded that she was getting pressure from “a few people who would love to burn,” but said she would like to see more storms come this way before lifting the fire closure over the entire county.

For more on this story pick up a copy of this week’s Leader.


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