June 24, 2020 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
With the 4th of July just around the corner and fireworks stands going up in retail parking lots around the county, both Brigham City and Perry have implemented fire and fireworks restrictions in their respective cities.
Perry’s ordinance is ongoing every year, and defers to the judgment of the city’s fire marshal to set fire and fireworks restrictions where and when deemed appropriate. Currently the city contracts with Brigham City to provide fire services, and thus shares its fire marshal and fire chief with Brigham City.
Brigham City currently passes a new ordinance every year, though that may change as discussions considering adopting an ordinance similar to Perry’s are being held.
At Thursday’s meeting of the Brigham City Council, an ordinance was adopted issuing fire and fireworks restrictions in certain parts of the city. Those restrictions passed by a four to one vote, with Councilmember Tom Peterson voting against as he has for several years, feeling that some of the restrictions on the east side of the city are too restrictive.
Brigham City’s restricted area encompasses areas east of Hwy 38 from 900 North to 1500 North; east of Highland Blvd from 100 North to 900 North; east of 700 East from Forest St to 100 North; east of 700 East from 1100 South to Forest St; and all areas east of Michelle Drive to 1100 South. Additional restriction areas include all areas south of Forest St West of Interstate 15, and north of Hwy 13 east of Airport Road.
Perry’s fire restrictions encompass all areas to the west of the Union Pacific railroad tracks; all areas east of Highway89 south from 3000 South; all areas south and west of Peach Street (South 450 West) to 2500 South; areas west of Elk Grove Drive between 2400 South and 2500 South; areas west of 385 West between 2500 South and 2100 South; areas west of Sunridge Drive (225/250 West) from 2000 South to approximately 1800 South; areas south and east of 1750 South and 165 West; all areas east of 25 East from 1750 South to 1500 South, and all areas east of Dentwood Drive between 1500 South and the city limit. An additional restriction zone has been established west of Perry Street between 3275 South and 3400 South, extending to Bing Avenue on the west;
In restricted areas, both cities prohibit all open fires, except campfires in facilities built for them in approved campgrounds, picnic areas or permanently improved places of habitation. Smoking has also been prohibited unless in a vehicle, building, or area that is free from vegetation at least 3 feet in diameter. Fireworks of any kind and tracer ammunition, as well as any other type of pyrotechnic device are banned, as are chainsaws without spark arrestors, off road travel in any motor vehicle, blasting, welding, or any other activity which generates sparks and flame.
The restrictions go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on July 1st, and will remain in effect until rescinded by the fire chief or fire mashal.
Willard City has not yet passed fire and fireworks restrictions this year, but typically does so before the 4th of July, prohibiting fires and fireworks east of Hwy 89.
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