Dear Friends:

Because of the dire situation in the state, I wanted to update you on some of the firework restrictions being implemented in our district before this holiday weekend. As changes occur quickly, please look at the websites below for up-to-date information.

I have also opened a bill file for the 2018 session, addressing firework restrictions. 
Pioneer Day Holiday Firework Restrictions

Please remember that fireworks are only permitted from July 21st to July 27th between 11am and 11pm (hours extended to midnight
on July 24th).

Salt Lake City:
Salt Lake City Fire Department has posted the current fire restriction map for Salt Lake City and neighboring communities. Click here to check it out! Clicking on the map at the center of the page will take you to a larger interactive map. Fireworks are not allowed in regions shaded in red.


Due to particularly hazardous, dry and hot conditions, the Salt Lake City Fire Department evaluated its firework restrictions and decided to change its allowed-fireworks boundaries. SLCFD also reminds residents and businesses that it will aggressively pursue those individuals who negligently cause a fire or who are out of compliance with the new fireworks restrictions.
 

The new Salt Lake City fireworks boundaries for the Pioneer Day Holiday are as follows:
  • No fireworks will be allowed east of 900 East
  • No fireworks will be allowed west of Redwood Rd.
  • This applies to all fireworks, aerials and otherwise, as the department considers them to be equally culpable in starting fire under the current conditions.
For additional information, go to www.slcfire.com. For a map of the restricted area go to: http://slcfire.com/firework/.

According to Salt Lake City Fire Marshal, Chief Ryan Mellor, there were as many outdoor fires between July 1 and 11, as there were in the entire month of June. Dry conditions, which increase the risk of fire, have taken hold in Salt Lake City, with the National Weather Service describing this summer as the second driest in history.
 
"I personally like fireworks, but this isn't the year for them," Mellor said. "Our responsibility is to protect the residents of Salt Lake City and remove risk where we can."

He added, "After careful consideration, we felt that this was the best, proactive decision we could make while still complying with State law."

The Salt Lake City Fire Department (SLCFD) is encouraging residents to attend one of the public fireworks display, and to avoid lighting open fires or campfires.


Millcreek:
The use of fireworks is restricted in the following areas:
  • Along the Jordan River Parkway
  • All areas adjacent to Tanner Park, Parleys Historic Nature Park, and the Roundabouts
  • The area south of 4500 South and west of Highland Dr surrounding Big Cottonwood Regional Park and Creekside Park
  • The area south of 3300 South and north of Murphys Ln between 1300 East and Highland Dr
  • The area south of Mill Creek Way and north of Siggard Dr between Highland Dr and Honeycut Rd
  • The area along Mill Creek south of Millcreek Canyon Rd from 2700 South to Skyline High School
  • Everywhere east of I-215/Wasatch Blvd.
For a closer look at these areas, please click on the Unified Fire Authority's interactive map here.


Holladay:
Just a reminder that aerial fireworks above 8 feet are NOT ALLOWED anywhere within the borders of the City of Holladay. Fireworks, including sparklers, have been banned in these high hazard areas: All areas east of I-215 including the freeway right-of-way, the Cottonwood Area, within 100 ft of Spring Creek, Neff's Creek and Big Cottonwood Creek, and Creekside Park. You can also find safety information and an interactive map here.


Murray:
Fireworks are restricted within Murray City Park, Wheeler Historic Farm, and anywhere near the Jordan River Parkway and neighboring parks. Murray City asks residents to please refrain from using fireworks in fire-prone areas.  You can check out the firework restrictions map for Murray  here . 
West Nile Warning:

The Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) has confirmed that
West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in multiple mosquito pools within Salt Lake County boundaries. Public health officials are urging residents to take precautionary measures to avoid exposure to thevirus.

To read the full press release, click here
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