Logan Township imposes ban on burning

On the advice of its fire chiefs, Logan Township has imposed a ban on open burning until further notice, while extending brush collection by a week, until May 4.

The supervisors took the actions after township resident Rick Meintel, former supervisor of forest fire specialists in Blair County for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, pointed out that early spring is a dangerous time of year for brush fires.

A township news release on Monday cited recent windy conditions and the lack of foliage on trees, which makes “conditions for brush fires ideal.”

The supervisors added the week of April 30-May 4 to the brush collection — they had originally planned for workers to collect brush only during the week preceding that — to reduce the temptation for residents to burn, said Chairman Jim Patterson.

Supervisor Ed Frontino polled the chiefs of the township’s fire departments: Greenwood, Lakemont, Newburg, and United and Kittanning Trail, which are administered together, to determine whether the ban should be imposed.

All four chiefs recommended the ban, Frontino said Monday.

After that, Township Manager Tim Brown polled the supervisors individually.

All five agreed to the ban, Brown said.

“It’s ironic,” Frontino said. “We impose the ban, and it rains like crazy.”

But a couple of nice days are enough to re-establish the danger, Frontino said.

The old rule of thumb was that the danger persists until “the leaves on the black walnut tree are the size of a squirrel’s ear,” Meintel said.

Violations can be reported by calling 949-3364 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 940-5952 at other times, the news release stated.

The township leaf collection began April 9.

Collection details are available at logantownship-pa.gov or by calling the township office at 944-5349.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.