Fire ban extended for Quay County

Thomas Garcia

The burn ban in Quay County has been extended at least two weeks until Quay County commissioners can review it again.

The ban was placed in effect indefinitely on June 8.

Commission Chairman Franklin McCasland said Monday that areas of Quay County have received rain in the past week, but the moisture has evaporated with the wind and triple-digit temperatures.

Quay County Fire Marshal Donald Adams sought Commission approval for a Wildfire Reduction Grant, which was approved. Adams said the $9,100 grant would be used to purchase fire-danger and burn-ban signs, which will be placed at every road entering the county. He said each sign would cost $650 in addition to the cost of installation.

Adams first suggested the 4-foot by 4-foot signs at the June 8 Commission meeting. He said the purpose of the signs is to make visitors and travelers aware of the fire threat level in the county.

“I would like to place a sign at the corner of the courthouse lawn for the public to see,” Adams said. “Local residents will be able to see the sign and know the fire danger.”

Commissioners voted to approve the grant submittal and will discuss the placing of a sign on the courthouse lawn with the New Mexico Association of Counties.

Also Monday, commissioners:

• Approved the Bard Endee fire department purchasing a compressor for $55,992 using Fire Council Grant funds.
• Approved a $10,000 budgetary increase to the Quay County Juvenile Detention Center.
• Approved a $13,790 budgetary increase to the DWI Distribution funds.
• Approved a $300 budgetary increase to the DWI treatment fees.
• Approved a $15,620 budgetary increase to the CDBG-Quay County Hospital Roof project.
• Approved a $55,433.35 budgetary transfer to the CDBG-Quay County Hospital Roof project.
• Approved a mileage reimbursement increase from $.32 to $.50.5