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March 19, 2004
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Spring burning begins in western Nevada

Western Nevada residents were humming "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" on Tuesday as agricultural burns blazed in Carson Valley and the U.S. Forest Service conducted controlled burns in Lakeview.

A large plume of smoke rose into the air in South Carson City prompting calls to the fire department.

The burn was just over the Douglas County line on property owned by Minden industrialist Don Bently.

Carson City Fire Marshal Stacey Giomi estimated emergency dispatchers received dozens of calls from residents reporting the smoke plume.

Agriculture burns typically occur all over Carson Valley on still days in the spring, when ranchers are clearing brush and weeds from their fields.

Ranch employees were burning on the Kirman Field along the Carson River. While the fire produced a large amount of smoke Tuesday morning, it was out by the afternoon.

U.S. Forest Service firefighters burned brush above the Lakeview subdivision, but few Carson residents noticed.

Frank Pemberton of the Forest Service said the agency only received a single call reporting the fire on Monday.

Pemberton said the Forest Service will continue to burn in the area until Friday or if weather makes it unsafe. He said the burning will be done by standards set by the Nevada Division of Environmental Quality, Washoe County Air Quality and the approved USFS burn plan.

Residential burning permits for Douglas County residents will be available Saturday, March 20 and continue through Sunday, June 6, 2004.

Burn regulations, which include information and all regulations required to ensure a safe burn and maintain compliance with air quality standards, are in today's edition of the Record-Courier on page A9 and will appear again Wednesday, March 24, 2004.

Burn regulation forms will be available at the East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts' Administration Office at 1594 Esmeralda Avenue in Minden, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional information, contact Fire Marshal Steve Eisele at (775) 783-6415.

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The Record Courier Updated Mar 19, 2004 12:00AM Published Mar 19, 2004 12:33PM Copyright 2004 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.