Fire restrictions still in place
July 10, 2012
Police and Fire Department agencies are clear: one rainstorm is not going to change the fire restrictions placed on Summit County. Although the county received a few rainy, humid days last week, Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said the area is as dry as it was before the storms.
"These restrictions are not going to change," Edmunds said. "Just because we get one or two storms won’t change much."
The county is working double-time as campers flood into the area, but Park City Fire Chief Paul Hewitt said that the word about the restrictions seems to have reached Park City ears, with very few incidences this season.
"The residents have done very well about obeying the restrictions," Hewitt said. "I think because of our residents, we haven’t had any large fires. People are reporting small fires early and we’re putting them out quickly. I feel we’ve done really well so far."
Both the county fire and police departments have been working hard to stem violations. County police have arrested at least eight people for violations to the fire restrictions, with some released with a citation and other booked.
Violating the fire code is considered a Class B Misdemeanor, which would result in a judge ruling to determine a fine ranging from $299 to $1,500 depending on the severity.
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"A majority of the folks we’re citing are coming in to recreational lots or parcels in the county," said Summit County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer. "There are a few full-time residents too. They all say they didn’t know, but there are signs up, posted all over the eastern side of the county and in store fronts. We’ve made every effort to get the word out As the governor said, we need to use a lot of common sense."
The fire restrictions implemented in Summit County, including Park City and other local municipalities, ban any fires in an undesignated, non-permanent camp site and the use of fireworks. Fire pits may be built in permanent, reinforced sites at designated campgrounds in rock and metal campfire pits.
"We’re already back up because of these dry temperatures," Boyer said. "The temperature has gone up and the humidity down. We’re back into a very high to extreme danger for fires and people need to know that."
For more information on specific restrictions, visit http://www.utahfireinfo.gov.