Burn ban eased; debris burning still prohibited

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The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office’s burn ban in the unincorporated county will relax to allow some recreational fires starting Friday, but yard debris burning will remain prohibited until the start of October.

The ban was enacted July 15, but rain and cooler temperatures have prompted the fire marshal’s office to roll back parts of it.

Under the modified ban starting Friday, recreational fires are allowed in established fire pits in campgrounds, such as those found in city, county and state parks, and on private land.

Private recreational fires must be built in metal, rock or masonry-lined pits, such as those in established campgrounds or sold in home and garden stores.

Fires must not exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height, and be built at least 25 feet away from any structures or combustible materials. Likewise, they’ll have to have at least 20 feet of overhead clearance from tree limbs, patio covers and the like.

The fire marshal’s office said someone must attend the fire at all times, and have water and a shovel ready. Fires must be extinguished by pouring water or shoveling moist soil onto flames and coals and stirring until all areas are cool to the touch.

“Please keep in mind that even though we have had some rain, fires are still possible,” county Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway said in a news release. “Don’t let down your guard.”

Burning yard debris and material from land clearing will remain banned until at least Oct. 1, if not longer, depending on fire conditions.