County recommends fire ban
June 21, 2013
This week, Summit County Manager Bob Jasper signed a multiparty letter urging the State Forester to enact fire restrictions in all unincorporated areas of the county. High winds and low relative humidity prompted the letter.
The document served as a formal request to ban open fires and private fireworks in Summit County’s unincorporated areas, beginning June 25 thru October 31, and stipulates the county would still allow camp fires in improved fire pits, per State Department of Natural Resources rules.
Jasper signed the request along with South and North Summit Fire Districts, Park City Fire District, the Summit County Fire Warden and the North East Area Manager. According to state law, the State Forester is charged with issuing bans, based upon recommendations from local officials.
Utah State Forester Dick Buehler and Summit County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer were both unavailable for comment on the ban, but according to Summit County Public Information Officer Julie Booth the ban may be put into place next week, especially if there is no precipitation.
Park City ban
With the Park City ban on open fires and fireworks already in place, grocery stores in the area are either not stocking fireworks at their stores or are canceling orders from vendors. The Market at Park City received fireworks but will not be stocking them, just as they did last year when a ban was in place.
"I assume they will do the same thing as last year," said Receiver Justin Andreasen. "They’re not on the floor or anything."
Fresh Market Park City Front End Manager Carrie Nay said their store will not be selling them either.
"We don’t want to be a part of the fire problem," Nay said. "We’ve asked our vendors to cancel all shipments of fireworks."