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ELKO – The Elko County Fire Protection district has opened the controlled burning season.

A controlled burn is a burn that is used to maintain the natural vegetation of an area. People are advised to only burn vegetation and no construction materials in their controlled burns. No paint or aerosols should be present on the burning materials as it could cause serious fire containment issues.

The burns must take place during the daylight hours of 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. All of the burning of materials must be completed by 2 p.m.

“People call in to Central Dispatch to request burns,” Elko County Fire Administrator Linda Bingaman said. “Usually, people like to use these to clean up their yard waste. We’ve decided that the end of fire season conditions finally warrant the opening on controlled burning.”

Elko County Fire Protection District advises burners of the list of rules including: to not leave fires unattended for any reason, to not burn if the weather conditions are windy, to not burn in the dark, an adult must be present at the burn site, keep the burn materials a small size of four feet by four feet, to keep a 30-foot clearance around the burn area, and to extinguish all piles completely once the burning is done.

Central Dispatch can be contacted by phone at 777-7300 to request burn permits for this fall season. The callers must explain what they plan to burn, and give their address.

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“We need to take down that information so we can keep tabs on all of the controlled burns occurring in the area,” Bingaman said. “If one of those burns turn into a fire, we then know where we need to send the dispatch officers and personnel.”

The dispatch officer will remind the caller of the controlled burn rules, and ask them to call in when they start burning the materials.

To request a free burn permit, and to call in for a controlled burn, contact Central Dispatch at 777-7300. For further questions about controlled burning, contact the Elko County Fire Protection District at 738-9960.



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