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Burn ban lifted in parts of Colfax County

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A ban on open burning in parts of Colfax County was lifted Thursday (May 11).

A burn ban was instituted April 17 in the Farley, Miami and District 8 (Ratón) fire districts, according to a notice on the Colfax County website.

The bans mainly impacted the eastern parts of Colfax County, according to Colfax County Fire Marshal Larry Osborn.

“We got some snow but it’s not great. When there was a heavy snow, it soaked right in [the ground],” Osborn told The Taos News Friday (May 12).

“The only thing I can say for sure at this time of year is the winds are going to blow,” Osborn said while discussing potential fire conditions for the coming month.

During the “dry season,” the use of exterior fireplaces, stoves, chimneys or charcoal briquette barbecues (except for gas-propane stoves and barbecues) — in addition to all other open flames — was prohibited.

While the ban was lifted this week, burn permits are still required for all open burning other than recreational fires. A recreational fire is defined as an open fire three feet or less in diameter. Permits may be found at the Colfax County website.

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