Officials: Illegal slash burn responsible for choking Fraser Valley with smoke
November 18, 2009
Tuesday around daybreak on County Road 72 beyond the Fraser Tubing Hill, 15 to 20 slash piles were ignited without a permit, according East Grand Fire District Chief Todd Holzwarth. The responsible parties have been issued a summons to appear in Grand County Court for violation of Grand County’s burn ordinance, he said.
Smoke from the piles hung in the valley most of the day and night, according to witnesses.
Fire District personnel met with officials from the Grand Department of Natural Resources and investigated the possibility of extinguishing the piles, but due to access and size that was not feasible on Tuesday, Holzwarth said.
The smoke was trapped by the inversion overnight and may not dissipate until a storm system moves in on Friday, officials said.