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Controlled burn notification period begins

This year, Summit County has a new notification period in place for individuals conducting controlled open burns. Between April 1 and October 31, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office must be contacted about any controlled open burns.

Failure to do so constitutes "reckless burning" and penalties could include both civil fines and fire cost recovery. Also prohibited under county code in regard to reckless burning is:

  • Recklessly starting a fire
  • Causing an explosion which endangers human life
  • Failing to take reasonable measures to put out or control a fire that was started or to give a prompt fire alarm
  • Building or maintaining a fire without taking reasonable steps to remove all flammable materials around the site
  • Damaging the property of another by reckless use of fire

    For more information on the county code section on reckless burning, visit

    Youth Conservation Corps is recruiting

    The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is looking to fill five positions for an upcoming U.S. Forest Service Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program in the Heber-Kamas Ranger District. Recruiting will take place between April 2 and April 17.

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    YCC is a summer employment program for male and female youths ages 15 to 18. Those selected will work full-time for eight weeks, doing various field projects outdoors. The Forest Service will select applicants on a random basis and decisions will not be made based on experience or education.

    The YCC program will start June 16 and run through August 8 and is non-residential, meaning that youth will have to live at home and provide their own transportation to one of the district offices.

    Applications are available at these locations:

  • Heber-Kamas Ranger District Office, 2460 S. Highway 40, Heber City; phone number 435-654-0470
  • Heber-Kamas Ranger District Office, 50 E. Center Street, Kamas; phone number 435-783-4338

    Applications must be filled out and returned to either office no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 17. To obtain an application via email, contact Patricia Musser at or at 435-654-7212.

    National County Government Month

    April is National County Government Month and Summit County will be hosting various open house sessions this month based on this year’s theme: "Ready and Resilient Counties: Prepare. Respond. Thrive." The purpose will be to "raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government."

    The open house sessions will take place on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include:

  • April 5 North Summit Fire District in Wanship
  • April 12 Search & Rescue Building in Kamas
  • April 26 Park City Fire District Station 33 in Park City

    Summit County also conducted an essay contest among all the fourth-grade students in the county, asking them to write one to two paragraphs on emergency preparedness. Two winners from each school district were selected and will receive honorary designations as ‘County Fire Chief’ or ‘County Deputy Sheriff’ for a day.

    Each department in the county will also have a photo display portraying emergency preparedness at both the Sheldon Richins Building near Kimball Junction and the County Courthouse Building in Coalville.