Fire restrictions discussed at Cache County Council meeting

LOGAN – There is one major difference between cities and counties when it comes to fire restrictions – fireworks are never allowed in the county’s unincorporated areas.

Cache County Fire District’s chief Rod Hammer said Friday is the days the county restrictions go into effect.

“They are actually put out by the Utah state forester for any unincorporated land in Cache County,” he said. “There is no setting, building or maintaining any open fire of any kind, unless it’s a campfire in an improved campground or in permanently improved places of habitation.

Hammer said that would be limited to places such as people’s backyards.

The fire chief told Cache County Council members this week there is plenty to do for the 240 volunteer firefighters who are all dedicated and well-trained. He said it is getting more difficult to take off from their day jobs when a fire occurs. There were 156 fire calls in 2015 and so far this year 84 calls have come in.

Hammer said unfortunately two members of his staff have died of cancer this past year.

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