BOUNTIFUL — In anticipation of the upcoming July 4 and July 24 holidays, several south Davis communities have imposed fireworks restrictions.
“Even in places where they are not restricted, people who discharge fireworks are still responsible for any damage they may cause,” said South Davis Metro Fire Agency Deputy Chief Dave Powers.
“There has to be some discretion on their part with where they’re shooting from and people being around, fields, etc.,” he said. It’s recommended there be someone age 18 or older on hand, along with a fire extinguisher, hose or water source.
“You never know how fast it can change,” Powers said of conditions. A fire broke out near Layton’s Adams Canyon on Friday, causing little damage but believed to be due to dry conditions.
Although there have been no fireworks-related fires yet, there have been some outbreaks, such as in Riverdale, south Weber County last week when kids reportedly accidentally started a brush fire.
“I think we’re in better shape than last year as far as moisture content,” he said.
Here is a breakdown for the cities of Bountiful, Centerville, Farmington, Fruit Heights and North Salt Lake. West Bountiful and Woods Cross have not imposed any restrictions.
City councils have worked with their respective fire departments in setting restrictions. That includes South Davis Metro Fire Agency and the Farmington Fire Department. Kaysville Fire Department also serves Fruit Heights.
• Bountiful: No fireworks are allowed to be set off east of Davis Boulevard for most of the city. Also, east of 400 East north of 400 North.
• Centerville: Fireworks are restricted everywhere east of 400 East. At Chase Lane and north, they’re restricted everywhere east of Main Street.
• Farmington: Fireworks are prohibited along the east perimeter of the city limits and in Woodland Park. Staffing will be doubled during the days fireworks can legally be launched.
• Fruit Heights: Fireworks are prohibited beginning on the city’s south boundary at Mountain Road extending eastward to 400 North. All areas north of 400 North and east of U.S. Highway 89 to the northern boundary of the city. Also included are Nicholls Park and Baer Creek Hollow area, beginning at the west right-of-way of Highway 89 and extending west to State Road 273, Main Street.
That includes all property north of Nicholls Road and south of Fencepost Road to the Fruit Heights/Kaysville boundary. From there, it shall follow the city boundary and include all property south of the Fruit Heights city border line.
• In North Salt Lake, the council is expected to approve the following restrictions, which mirror last year’s: no fireworks generally east of Orchard Drive from the Bountiful line to Salt Lake City line; all areas adjacent to the south curve of Eagle Ridge Drive, plus the Forest Service lands in the city. No homemade or makeshift fire pits are allowed.
The July 3 fireworks will be held as usual.
No restrictions are in place for Kaysville, West Bountiful or Woods Cross, although Gary Uresk, Woods Cross City Manager emphasized, “Just use your head” when dealing with fireworks.
Powers said that anyone within the agency’s boundaries can ask to have their landscaping checked to determine ways to minimize fire danger. The district includes Centerville, Bountiful, North Salt Lake, West Bountiful and Woods Cross.
“If people request us to help them to identify better ways to make defensible areas for their yards and wild interface areas, we will be happy to do that.”
More information is available on the agency’s website, sdmetrofire.org.