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Defensible Space Barriers Recommended - Fire Danger Grows

Defensible Space Barriers Recommended

Roosevelt County Fire Warden Mike Olson told the

Northern Plains Independent

that fire danger is mounting, despite a below-normal fire season generally.

“With the wet spring and summer that Roosevelt County has experienced, our fire season has been below normal,” Olson said. “The amount of growth with the wet weather has added to our fuel loading in the county and now that annual grasses have dried out we are experiencing more fires.”

Olson stressed the importance of creating a good defensible area boundary surrounding property and buildings.

“Please make sure that you have a defensible space around your home and outbuildings to aid in fire suppression and be mindful when working with equipment outdoors,” he said.

Olson advises the construction of a 30 foot area of mowed grass or bare/ tilled soil to assist firefighters with the ability to protect structures. If you have an active CRP contract with the Farm Service Agency and would like to install a fire break, contact the FSA office prior to starting your project to be sure violations do not occur.

Olson added that no burn permits will be not be issued during dangerous conditions generally.

“Currently, Roosevelt County has been shutting down controlled burning on high fire danger days but could move to a burn ban before the season is done.“ Call dispatch at 406-653-6240 to check on burn permits.

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