County board delays passage of burn ban, requests farmers show caution this spring

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Posted: Friday, April 24, 2020 6:00 am

Traill County leaders on Tuesday briefly discussed but delayed approval of a burn ban to allow farmers to torch corn stalks in their fields this spring.

However, Sheriff Steve Hunt asked farmers who are planning controlled burns to contact authorities and their local fire departments beforehand.

Hunt said he attempted to use a shovel to put out a small fire possibly caused by a hot bearing from a passing train south of Kelso on Monday.

“It was tinderbox dry and the wind kept pushing it,” he said. “I couldn’t beat it out. … If we continue to stay this dry and don’t green up we’re going to have issues.”

Hunt asked commissioners to consider a burn ban before suggesting that a decision be delayed in hopes that fire conditions improve.

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