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Garfieldsnuffs out itsfire ban

Garfield County commissioners unanimously approved lifting the fire ban in the county at their regular Monday meeting.Garfield County emergency management coordinator Guy Meyer reported that fuel moisture levels, as well as cooler weather, have combined to create a lower fire danger throughout the county.”In summer it’s dry and less humid,” he said. “We’ve had some good rains, and that’s changed fire conditions.”Commissioners received a listing of various geographic points around the county, with updated fuel moisture contents. Any reading rated 15 percent or higher is considered adequate for raising a fire ban. The Rifle station rated 16 percent, while the Storm King station rated 19 percent and the McClure Pass station reported 18 percent. “We’re getting snow at the higher elevations,” Meyer said. “We’re moving into winter so we’ll be getting more moisture.” Meyer said that even though the county’s fire ban is lifted, people should still be cautious.”You’re still going to want to go through the fire districts to get burn permits,” he said, “and as always, everybody should practice common sense.” Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518cclick@postindependent.comwant to burn?Even though the fire ban has been lifted, Garfield County residents still need to contact their fire districts regarding burn permits:• Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District – 963-2491• Glenwood Springs Fire Department – 384-6480• Parachute Fire Department – 285-7711• Burning Mountains Fire Protection District – 876-5738


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