COUNTY TO STOP ISSUING BURN PERMITS, RELY ON STATE REGULATIONS

COUNTY TO STOP ISSUING BURN PERMITS, RELY ON STATE REGULATIONS

Working in conjunction with the New Mexico Environmental Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Doña Ana County has eliminated local burn permits and will instead enforce state regulations pertaining to open burning.

“Eliminating the permit process doesn’t mean people should think that we won’t be paying close attention to open burning,” said Acting Doña Ana County Fire Marshal Eric Crespin. “We’ll continue to have paid staff and volunteers out in the field, and we’ll enforce all New Mexico codes and statutes related to open burning.”

Crespin said there are strict state guidelines that residents must follow for legal burning, and he said the Fire and Emergency Service Department strongly encourages all residents to notify the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority at (575) 526-0795 prior to initiating any burn activity.

For a complete guide to safe outdoor burning, residents can pick up a free pamphlet at the Doña Ana County Government Center or check out the website at http://www.donaanacounty.org/fire/burning/

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.