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Fall burning opens

Staff reports

The fall 1999 open burning period for the East Fork Fire District will begin on Saturday, Oct. 23, and continue through Sunday, Nov. 28. All residents are asked to obtain an open burn regulation form that includes information and all regulations required to ensure a safe burn and maintain compliance with air quality standards.

The form also lists the 24-hour, non-emergency telephone number that residents are required to call before beginning any burning.

Residents are asked to verify the fire district they reside in before obtaining a regulation form. The East Fork Fire District covers Minden, Gardnerville, Genoa, Sunridge (east side of Highway 395 only), Johnson Lane, East Valley, Fish Springs, Ruhenstroth, Topaz Ranch Estates, Topaz Lake, Ranchos and the Sheridan area (east side of Foothill Road).

Residents living in the areas of Jacks Valley, Indian Hills and the west side of Foothill Road to the California state border (with the exception of the Town of Genoa) must call the Sierra Forest Fire District at 885-9369 to inquire about open burning in these areas.

Regulation forms will be available beginning Friday at the East Fork Fire and Paramedic District Administration Office at 1594 Esmeralda Ave. in Minden Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Forms are also available at Douglas County Sheriff’s Office substation, 3587 North Sunridge Road, and the Tillman Center Substation, 1281 Kimmerling Road (in the Gorman’s market complex). The substations are open form 9 a.m to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The regulation form is also printed in today’s Record-Courier and will be in Saturday’s edition. The form may be cut out and retained for future use. Regulations forms obtained during the Spring 1999 open burn period are still valid and may be used.

For additional information, contact Fire Marshal Steve Eisele with the East Fork Fire and Paramedic District at 782-9041.