Sheriff’s Office cracks down on fire violations |

Sheriff’s Office cracks down on fire violations

One man arrested for having a large bonfire near Echo Dam

One Park City resident was arrested on Saturday for breaking the newly enacted fire ordinance after the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a large bonfire near Echo Reservoir.

According to a press release from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, at 11:50 p.m., the Sheriff’s office responded to reports of a fire on Echo Dam Road. Deputies found several minors and adults "consuming alcoholic beverages while stoking an open bonfire."

Three adults were arrested on drug and alcohol charges as well as contributing to the delinquency of minors. Zachary Line, 22, from Park City, took responsibility for the bon fire and was also charged with a Class B Misdemeanor for violating the ordinance which outlaws open fires and most fireworks.

Two juveniles who were present were also charged, according to Summit County Detective Sergeant Ron Bridge.

Bridge added that even if people are camping near water, the fire ordinance will still be strictly enforced throughout the summer.

In a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said that due to the dry conditions throughout Utah, he will take a zero tolerance stance on open fires and fireworks.

"The Summit County Sheriff’s Office will actively protect our mountain community from the threat that these careless individuals pose to our homes, economy, and environment by recklessly violating the ban. Thus, we will actively seek out, arrest, and book violators into jail for violation of the fire ordinance."

A Class B Misdemeanor is punishable with up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

-Sarah Moffitt

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