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Fourth show’s still ‘go’

June 20, 2012

Fire Chief Les Marckel

    Despite what Fire Chief Les Marckel described as dry conditions as severe as he's ever seen, Decatur's Fourth of July fireworks celebration is still a "go" ... for now.    
    The fireworks are scheduled for two weeks from tonight and no one is ready to cancel yet.
    "Let's hope for some rain between now and then," chief organizer Adam Eguia said at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
    "We'll do all we can ... wet down the area ... anything we can do," Mayor John Schultz said.
    Marckel spoke of the burning ban instituted by the county on Monday, and council later unanimously voted to "concur with the county on the ban," in the mayor's words.
    "This is as dry as I've seen," Marckel said. "We're (in June) and already experiencing August conditions. And some rain isn't going to end the burning ban. We need a lot of rain."
    According to action taken by the county commissioners on Monday, the following types of burning are banned throughout the county:
    • Campfires and other recreational fires, unless enclosed in a fire ring at least 23 inches across and 10 inches is deep
    • Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood, or any other combustible material, with the exception of grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane. Briquettes from permitted grills may not be removed until they have been thoroughly extinguished.
    • The burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction.
    Burning in barrels with a 1/4 inch mesh top will be allowed only from dawn to dusk.

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