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County Watch

Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

When burning activities blow out of control seemingly safe fires become wildfires that destroy property, Summit County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer said.

Cities and the Summit County regulate open burning, Boyer said, adding that those wishing to burn should contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at 615-3500 to report when and where the fires will occur.

The Park City Fire District schedules burn times in Park City and the Snyderville Basin.

Property owners can avoid triggering false alarms by contacting authorities when they plan to burn, according to Boyer.

"Burning outside the proper timeframes or without a permit can result in criminal charges and fines," Boyer said. If a fire escapes, the person responsible for the burn is also responsible for the cost of putting it out.

The list below offers some recommendations for making debris burns as safe as possible:

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Never burn on windy days, check you local weather forecast.

Choose a site where flames and embers won’t unintentionally set nearby vegetation on fire.

Clear a horizontal area at least 10 feet on each side making sure to scrape down to mineral soil.

Vertical clearance should be at least five times the height of the pile to keep radiant heat from igniting branches, structures and utility lines.

Keep a water hose and shovel nearby.

Contact Boyer at (435) 640-2075 for more information.

County advertises manager post

County advertises manager post

Summit County has begun looking for a chief executive officer. The salary range for the powerful post, which manages day-to-day affairs in the county, is between $110,000 and $147,000.

The manager, who oversees the executive branch of county government, supervises all directors and department heads who are not elected officials. Minimum job qualifications include having a bachelor’s degree in public administration, public finance or similar filed of study and at least five years experience working as an administrator in city or county government.

A job selection committee in Summit County expects to fill the position by September.

The position is being advertised at Jobs Available, The Park Record, International City/County Management Association, the National Association of Counties and National League of Cities, said interim Summit County Manager Brian Bellamy, who cannot apply for the post.

The deadline to submit resumes is June 12.