Colorado county wants a say on federal grassland fires
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) – The Weld County commissioners want federal officials to get their permission before igniting any prescribed burns on the Pawnee National Grassland.
The grasslands cover 214,000 acres in Weld County. The National Forest Service, which administers the land, says springtime prescribed burns promote diverse vegetation, help wildlife habitat and mimic natural fires.
The commissioiners have repeatedly questioned the cost, efficiency and safety of the burns and say the Forest Service ignored concerns of nearby residents.
On Monday, the commissioners unanimously approved a measure intended to require their approval for fires.
Forest Service officials say they are consulting with attorneys to determine whether the measure is binding on them.
Information from: Greeley Daily Tribune, http://greeleytribune.com
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