BY STARRLA CRAY
WINSTED, MN Firefighters from Winsted and neighboring communities may soon have an opportunity for hands-on training, with a controlled burn planned at 340 McLeod Ave. W. in Winsted Saturday, Oct. 10.
“This is the very best fire training that we can provide to firefighters, anywhere, ” Scott Carriveau of Customized Fire Rescue Training said at Tuesday’s Winsted City Council work session.
Several regulations need to be followed in order to have a controlled burn within a city, such as taking aerial photos of the property, creating a smoke plan, obtaining permission from the DNR, notifying adjacent property owners, disconnecting utilities to the property, and removing any hazardous materials (such as asbestos that was found in the linoleum flooring).
The day of the burn, nearby streets will be blocked off for safety.
Because the vacant property is near other houses, Carriveau said the city can expect to receive complaints about the smoke, which could linger for a few days.
“Without a doubt, you will have some people who will not be happy with the smoke,” he said.
Council Member Bonnie Quast asked if it would be better to have the building demolished instead of burned, but Carriveau said demolition would cost more.
Once the necessary paperwork has been obtained, the Winsted City Council plans to approve a controlled burn of the structure at 340 McLeod Ave. W. across from Hainlin Park.
Pending wind conditions, the burn would likely take place Saturday, Oct. 10.
“It’s going to be all-day training,” Fire Chief Chad Engel said.
To minimize smoke exposure, nearby residents are encouraged to keep their windows closed and have their HVAC systems turned off during that time.