Craig briefs: Rules for agriculture and debris burning

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The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents about guidelines for agriculture and debris burning.

Grasses are green, but brush and timber are not, and the dead vegetation in grass and brush will carry fire through green plants and can pose fire control issues, according to a news release.

Follow these recommendations for safer burning:

■ Contact the Sheriff’s Office in advance at 970-824-4495 or 970-824-6501.

■ Don’t burn on windy days and know the forecast weather conditions for your burn day (available at www.crh.noaa.gov/gjt).

■ Notify your neighbors so they don’t call in a fire report.

■ Have a shovel and water nearby to extinguish the fire.

■ Dig a fire line where you want the fire to stop.

■ Never leave a fire unattended.

If an agricultural or debris fire damages private, state or federally managed lands, you could receive a fine or be held responsible for the costs.

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