County administrators and law enforcement plan to meet with local fire chiefs this week to finalize changes in Red Flag Day no-burn rules.
The Board of County Commissioners on Monday heard first reading of an ordinance which, if adopted, will add days of "high wind advisories" to those when field fires, ditch fires and agricultural burns are not approved.
County Sheriff Fred McKee had earlier explained to commissioners that the Red Flag Day alerts issued by federal agencies sometimes don't occur on high wind days. That is because Red Flag Days are determined by a number of environmental factors including fuels supply and condition, humidity, and temperature all in addition to winds.
Federal agencies issue notices of Red Flag days. Separately, they also issue high wind advisories.
The key provision in the county's proposed new ordinance reads, "No person shall initiate in unincorporated Delta County a ditch, field, or any other agricultural fire on a day identified by the National Weather Service as a "Red Flag" and/or a high wind advisory fire day in any part of Delta County."
The proposed ordinance keeps current requirements for burn notification in place along with penalties that may be assessed for non observance.
The ordinance is scheduled for publication in the DCI April 25, said county attorney Christine Knight.
The meeting with local fire chiefs is intended to get feedback and ideas from them in case any changes or additions need to be made before the ordinance is published, and then probably adopted by the BoCC on second reading at an upcoming meeting.blog comments powered by Disqus