During the last few months, wildfires have devastated entire communities at locations across the United States.
Recently, the local fire departments have seen an influx of calls involving brush and grass fires.
Fortunately there have notbeen any fatalities involving open burning in 2006, pointed out Paul Bedont, Price fire chief.
However, some of the fires have caused thousands of dollars in damage and resulted in costly citations.
Most municipalities within the county have ordinances regulating open burning within city limits.
In order to maintain uniformity and comply with state and federal regulations, the county fire chiefs and fire warden have set the time frame of April 3rd through May 3rd as the open burning season for municipalities allowing the practice, explained Bedont.
Detailed rules governing open burning may be obtained from local fire departments or city offices.
The chiefs and county fire warden have compiled open burn information from the cities and general guidelines for local residents to follow. The guidelines include:
Price - With few exceptions, no open burning is allowed within the Price city limitss.
Helper - Permits are required and may be obtained from the police department Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
The free permits are good for three days, but must be obtained before any burning can be done
Wellington - Permits are required and may be obtained by residents 18 years of age or older from the city offices on regular business days between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The free permits are valid for one day, but must be obtained before any burning can be done.
East Carbon City - Permits are required and may be obtained by residents 18 years of age or older from the city offices on regular business days between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The free permits are valid for two days, but must be obtained before any burning can be done.
Sunnyside City: Permits are required and can be obtained from the Sunnyside City Offices on regular business days between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. The permits are free, but they must be obtained before any burning can be done.
Scofield City: Due to the mountainous terrain and proximity to forest service property in Scofield, their open burn season differs from the rest of the county. Contact the Scofield City at (435)448-9221 for more information.
Unincorporated Areas: Those residents which live within the unincorporated portions of the county are allowed to burn without a formal permit between October 2nd and May 31st however a permit must be obtained from the County Fire Warden to burn between June 1st and October 1st.
Once a permit is obtained, all residents of Carbon County are required to call and obtain daily approval through the County Dispatcher (435) 637-0893. State law allows open burning only when atmospheric conditions allow, (Air Clearing Index above 500) and our County Dispatcher has this information, which is updated daily. This information can also be obtained from the National Weather Service, a link to their website can be found at the Price City Fire Departments website at (http://www.priceutah.net.) Open burning is only allowed during daylight hours and the permit holder must be on site and monitoring the fire at all times. Remember, you are responsible for any fires you start and could be held criminally and civilly liable for fire suppression costs any damages which occur as a result of your burning. The EPA forbids the burning of garbage and the county provides a "no fee" landfill for residential use.
Here are some safety tips which will help prevent a fire from getting out of control.
1. Obtain Permit (if required)
2. Notify the County Dispatcher at (435) 637-0893 each morning before you burn and notify the County Dispatcher when you have completed your burning.
3. Clear the area of combustible materials from around your burn area. This will prevent the fire from spreading.
4. Try to keep brush piles small and limit the size of the fire to prevent its spread.
5. Never leave a fire unattended.
6. Have a way to extinguish the fire, shovels, fire extinguishers, hoses etc., should it become too large or begin to spread.
7. Closely monitor the wind conditions and extinguish the fire if burning embers begin to blow toward other combustibles.
8. Burn only weeds, tree limbs, branches, leaves, grass etc.
9. Have a way to quickly call for help should your fire get out of control.
10. Make sure the fire is completely out before you leave your burn area.