Ponderosa Burn Continues

Fire personnel plan to continue to implement the Ponderosa Pine Restoration Project prescribed burn, 15 miles east of Kamas, Utah along the Mirror Lake Highway, Wednesday, October 29th-Friday, October 31st weather permitting. The plan is to burn approx. 450 acres of leaf litter, needle cast and the thick under-story of brush and juniper within the 6 remaining burn units (shown on map below) to preserve the genetic diversity of the Ponderosa Pine stands.

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Prescribed Fire Along Mirror Lake Highway

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest to Implement the Ponderosa Pine Restoration Project

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest fire personnel plan to implement the Ponderosa Pine Restoration project, depending on weather conditions. The project will be implemented using prescribed fire. The prescribed fire may occur any time during October 11, 2014 through November 30, 2014 and target approximately 700 acres of ponderosa pine within a 3,900 project area. The ponderosa pine stands are divided into 10 burn units, which will be burned incrementally as conditions allow.

The exclusion of naturally occurring fire has changed the composition of the ponderosa pine groves to include a thick understory of juniper, mountain brush and lodgepole pine. The Ponderosa Restoration project is located in Summit County, approximately 10 miles east of Kamas, Utah. The project area encompasses 3,900 acres along the upper Provo River on the north side of the Mirror Lake Highway from Co-op Creek, on the west, to Rock Creek and Soapstone campground to the East, (see map below). This is one of the few native ponderosa pine stands on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

The primary objectives of this project are to preserve the genetic diversity of ponderosa pine by reducing the thick understory of juniper, mountain brush, and lodgepole pine; reduce wildfire risk along the highway corridor; improve watershed condition; restore wildlife habitat; and improve scenic quality.

Smoke may temporarily impact visibility on the Mirror Lake Highway (SR150) and may drift towards populated areas. Firefighters will use only hand held drip torches to treat the area and will patrol and monitor the burn until weather conditions eliminate the need or the fire is declared out.

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Burn Permits Required

Open residential pile burning (tree trimmings, property maintenance debris, etc.) will be allowed through October 31 but WILL REQUIRE THE FOLLOWING PERMITS:

If you live in an incorporated city in Summit County (Coalville, Echo, Francis, Henefer, Kamas, Oakley), you must fill out an on-line application through the Utah Division of Air Quality. Applications can be found at http://www.airquality.utah.gov/Compliance/OpenBurning/form/index.php  select your county and city and begin the process.

If you are not within a city limits, you must contact the Summit County Fire Warden to obtain a permit. The Fire Warden can be reached at 435-640-2075, permits will be issued Mondays through Thursdays, so plan ahead for the weekend.

In addition, you MUST notify Summit County Dispatch at 435-336-3600 prior to any burning.

If you live within the Park City Fire District limits, burning is not allowed at this time. Visit their website, www.pcfd.org/permits/ for more information on when burning is allowed.

Rockport Fire Declared Extinguished

As of 12 noon on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 fire officials declared the Rockport Fire extinguished. Hand crews have been working hard over the last few days to mop up hot spots. Monday’s rain has also soaked the area. Fire officials feel there is now no threat of re-ignition.

Start: Friday, July 25, 2014 at 3:00pm
Cause: Human, under investigation
Acres Burned: 120
Containment: 100%
Extinguishment Date: July 29, 2014 at 12:00pm

Information from the North Summit PIO.

Recreational Fire Pit Guidelines

For residents in areas of the county that allow recreational fire pits, there are a number of steps you can take to have a safe fire.Fire guy 3

  • Fire pits are “Permitted” when they are in an approved assembly.
  • Distance of 25 feet between the fi re pit and any structure and/or other combustible type materials.
  • Fire pits cannot have a diameter larger than three feet.
  • Fire pits cannot exceed two feet in height.
  • Each fire pit must have on-site a means to extinguish the fire:
  • Five gallon bucket of water,
  • Garden hose connected to a reliable water source, or
    • 5A:10B:C Fire extinguisher.
    • Nuisance complaints from neighbors will mandate extinguishment, no exceptions!
  • Fire pit must be constantly attended.
  • Owner/operator of the fire pit is liable and responsible for any fire damage and/or fire suppression cost to surrounding area resulting from the use of the fire pit.

Fire pits and open fires are not permitted in the Park City limits.

For a printable version of this information click here.

Fire Restrictions Now in Effect

Summit County and Park City Municipal have implemented fire restrictions that are in effect until October, 2014.SC_Ordinance_Flyer_2014.indd

Due to the extremely dry conditions and potential fire hazards, ordinances have been put in place restricting the use of fireworks, open fires and certain ammunition.

Park City Municipal Corporation, Summit County and Park City Fire District have enacted emergency ordinances prohibiting the discharge of fireworks and all open fires to reduce the risk of wildfire for the 2014 fire season.

Any and all class “C” fireworks. These include:

  • Firecracker, cannon cracker, salute, cherry bomb or other similar explosive.
  • Bottle rocket, skyrocket or any other device that that uses combustible or explosive material.
  • Roman candle or other device that discharges balls of fire.
  • Tube or cone aerial firework that propels comets, shells, salutes, flash shells, or similar devices.
  • Chaser, whistler or similar device.

All open fires. A fire must be in a receptacle or structure specifically designed to contain the fire and prevent its spread. No open fires are allowed within the Park City limits!

The firing of the following ammunition is strongly discouraged: steel jacketed bullets, incendiary bullets, and tracer bullets. At this time 20 wildfires across the state of Utah were started by the use of these types of ammunition. The firing of ammunition is illegal within Park City limits.

In addition, smoking materials are to be used within the confines of a vehicle within any urban wildland interface area and all waste from the ignition or smoking of said products be disposed of in a safe and appropriate manner.

Violations of this ordinance are deemed a class B misdemeanor and can result in fines and potential jail time.

For a printable version of the Summit County Ordinance click here.

For a printable version of the Park City Fire Ordinance click here.

For a printable version of the Park City Fireworks Ordinance click here.