Utah cities announce fireworks restrictions ahead of July 4, Pioneer Day

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(KUTV) — With the 4th of July and Pioneer Day right around the corner, many Utah cities are announcing their restrictions on fireworks and other fire sources.

The announcements come one day after West Jordan announced their own fire restrictions.

"As you are all aware, fire hazards in Moab are off the charts this year," Moab City Police tweeted Tuesday morning.

Multiple fires have ravaged the Utah countryside this month, including the Chalk Creek Fire in Summit County and the Trail Mountain Fire in Emery County.

Grand County

Moab:

The use of any fire source is prohibited within 150 feet of Mill creek and Pack Creek, in addition to all city parks.

The ban includes any fire source, such as smoking, combustible materials and all fireworks.

"Anyone who violates this ban is subject to fine of up to $1,000 and possible imprisonment," a news release states.

"The Grand County School District also banned the use of fireworks on all school district properties," the news release continues, "including the former Red Rock Elementary School property on Mill Creek Drive."

For more information, call the Moab City Police Department at (435) 259-8938 or Moab City Hall at (435) 259-5121.

Iron County

Cedar City:

In a Facebook post, Cedar City Police recommend attending a professional fireworks display instead of lighting your own fireworks.

For those who plan on drinking alcohol, Cedar City Police suggest appointing a "designated" person to light and take care of fireworks.

  • Discharge dates: July 2 - 5, July 22 - 25
  • Discharge times: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. / 11 a.m. until midnight on July 4 and 24

According to a Facebook post by the Cedar City Fire Department, the following fire restrictions are in place as of June 1, 2018:

  • Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes, outside a fire structure provided by the agency within a designated area is prohibited. All debris burning is strictly prohibited.
  • Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order as determined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practices J335 and J350.
  • Detonating of explosives, incendiary or chemical devices, pyrotechnics, or exploding targets, or tracer ammunition (always prohibited on federal land).
  • Cutting, welding, or grinding of metal in areas of dry vegetation.
  • Smoking except in an enclosed vehicle or building, or a developed recreation site or areas of a minimum of three (3) feet in diameter cleared down to mineral soil.

"Campfires are allowed in all developed recreation sites, campgrounds, picnic areas, and home sites that are maintained and administered by the agency, or home sites where running water is present are allowed," the Facebook post states. "Stoves or grills that are fueled solely by liquid petroleum fuels are also allowed."

Salt Lake County

Draper:

  • Sale dates for Class "C" fireworks: June 24 - July 25
  • Discharge dates: July 2 - 5, July 22 - 25
  • Discharge times: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. / 11 a.m. until midnight on July 4 and 24

Fireworks are prohibited in all Draper parks, the City's website states.

Fireworks are prohibited in certain areas of Draper City.

"Sparklers are allowed, however residents are asked to use precaution in dry, grassy areas," the city states. "Always have a bucket of water nearby to douse the hot sparklers."

Sandy:

  • Sale dates: June 24 - July 25
  • Discharge dates: July 2 - 5, July 22 - 25
  • Discharge times: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. / 11 a.m. until midnight on July 4 and 24

According to a post by Sandy City, individuals cannot light fireworks:

  • within the restricted areas indicated on the red map below
  • in mountainous, brush-covered, forest-covered or dry grass areas
  • within 200 feet of waterways, trails, canyons, washes or ravines
  • within 200 feet of vacant lots
  • within 200 feet of where natural or unmaintained vegetation is present
  • within the wildland urban interface area


"Sandy City is not immune to the extreme fire hazards that plague many communities in teh form of a wildfire," Sandy City states. "Conditions are often right for even the smallest opportunity of a fire, no matter the cause, to spread quickly throughout our city."

Fireworks indicated as illegal by Sandy City are:

  • Firecrackers
  • M-80s
  • Cherry bombs
  • Bottle-rockets
  • Roman candles
  • Single or re-loadable mortars
  • Ground salutes
  • Any other explosive obtained outside of Utah

Summit County

Park City: Fireworks and open flames are banned in city limits.

Utah County

Provo:

  • Sale dates: June 24 - July 25
  • Discharge dates: July 2 - 5, July 22 - 25
  • Discharge times: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. / 11 a.m. until midnight on July 4 and 24

Fireworks may not be discharged in the city until July 2, a news release states.

"Discharge of fireworks outside of the discharge times will be cited as an infraction," the news release states.

This could result in one being prosecuted with a Class B misdemeanor.

People or families who live inside a Discharge Restricted Area are invited to use one of the following parks to use their fireworks:

  • Provost Park – 629 South 1000 East
  • Kiwanis Park – 820 North 1100 East
  • Sertoma Park – 400 East 2400 North
  • Exchange Park – 900 North 700 West
  • Fort Utah Park – 200 North Geneva Road
  • Footprinters Park – 1150 South 1350 West

An open fire restriction was put into effect for the foothills on the east bench and all areas of the Provo City watershed, including South Fork.

The restrictions were put in place as a result of high fuel levels in the foothills and the decrease of fuel moisture content, according to the news release.

"Fires are restricted to established fire pits in improved parks and campgrounds," the news release states. "Open fires, except in designated fire pits in improved parks and campgrounds, are prohibited in Rock Canyon, Slate Canyon, all foothills along the eastern border of the city, and in the Provo City watershed in South Fork."

For a map of restricted Provo areas, click HERE.

Washington County

St. George:

As a result of the increased potential for human-caused wildfires in the area, as well as dry conditions and high fire danger, the Color Country Interagency Fire Managers implemented fire restrictions on June 1.

According to the news release, fire restrictions were also imposed on Dixie National Forest (Zion National Park, Cedar City, Powell and Escalante Ranger Districts).

Discharging fireworks of any kind on unincorporated private land is prohibited. Furthermore, the discharge of fireworks on state or federal lands is like likewise prohibited.

The following are also prohibited in restricted areas, the news release states:

  • Igniting, building, maintaining or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes, outside a fire structure provided by the agency within a designated area. All burning debris is strictly prohibited.
  • Discharging or using any kind of fireworks on unincorporated private land, as well as state and federal lands
  • Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order as determined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practices J335 and J350.
  • Detonating of explosives, incendiary or chemical devices, pyrotechnics, or exploding targets, or tracer ammunition
  • Cutting, welding or grinding metal in areas of dry vegetation
  • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle of building, or a developed recreation site or areas of a minimum of three feet in diameter cleared down to mineral soil

Weber County

Roy:

  • Sale dates for Class "C" fireworks: June 24 - July 25
  • Discharge dates: July 2 - 5, July 22 - 25
  • Discharge times: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. / 11 a.m. until midnight on July 4 and 24


2News will continue to update this story with other cities' fire restrictions announcements.


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