Fire department issues reminder about burning permits in city
All open burning within the city requires a burning permit, according to Fire Chief David Bennett.
The permits, which are free, may be obtained between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
"We will be more than happy to look at what you propose to burn and issue a permit if possible," Bennett said. "Recently, we have not been issuing permits due to the dry conditions. A little more moisture should allow us to start issuing permits again."
This week, the department will begin testing fire hydrants, which is part of an annual testing program.
Bennett said that flushing the waterlines may cause some discoloration of residents' water, but poses no health hazard.
He said the department soon would begin inspecting businesses' buildings. Bennett said firefighters would contact business owners to set up an appointment.
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