Burn & Fire­work Re­stric­tions

Catron Courier - - News -

Ca­tron County has is­sued a spe­cial or­di­nance lim­it­ing open burn­ing and the sale of fire­works due to the high dan­ger of fire and cur­rent weather con­di­tions which in­clude low hu­mid­ity and high fuel con­tent which cre­ate an ex­tremely high fire haz­ard in Ca­tron County.

Emer­gency Or­di­nance 0052014 and Procla­ma­tion notes, “...that se­vere drought con­di­tions af­fect the un­in­cor­po­rated ar­eas of Ca­tron County…” and “…the White­wa­ter Baldy fire, the largest wild­fire in New Mex­ico's his­tory, con­sumed over 300,000 acres in this County tax­ing Ca­tron County's and this County's re­sources to the limit…”

The or­di­nance goes on to state:

“The Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers hereby de­clares that Ca­tron County is suf­fer­ing from ex­tremely or se­ri­ous drought con­di­tions and high fire haz­ards rep­re­sent a sig­nif­i­cant im­me­di­ately threat to the peace, safety, health and wel­fare of Ca­tron County.

The fol­low­ing types of open burn­ing shall be pro­hib­ited un­less a per­mit is ob­tained from the County Fire Chief:

A. Camp­fires ("Camp­fire" means a fire set for cook­ing, warm­ing, or cer­e­mo­nial pur­poses, which is not more than three feet in di­am­e­ter by three feet high, and has had the ground five feet from the base of the fire cleared of all com­bustible ma­te­rial); B. Open fires; C. Open Burn­ing of veg­e­ta­tion or rub­bish; and,

D. Any other smoke pro­duc­ing sub­stance and ma­te­rial that cre­ates a fire safety haz­ard. (Ref­er­ence Reg­u­la­tion #301 of the Am­bi­ent Air Qual­ity Stan­dards and Air Qual­ity Con­trol Reg­u­la­tion).

The Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers does hereby al­low the sale but lim­its the use of cone foun­tains, crack­ling de­vices, cylin­dri­cal foun­tains, flit­ter sparklers, ground spin­ners, il­lu­mi­nat­ing torches, toy smoke de­vices, wheels and mines fire­works within the un­in­cor­po­rated ar­eas of Ca­tron County

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