Watch those fireworks, restrictions in place for holiday

Northern Utah’s recent heat wave has left conditions dry and the fire danger in Cache Valley is very high. As a result, fire districts in the valley have issued restrictions on where and when fireworks may and may not be used during festivities surrounding the state of Utah’s Pioneer Day holiday. Craig Humphreys has been Logan’s Fire Marshall since January after serving in North Logan (two years) and in the Cache County Fire District (six years) in similar jobs. “With the wet, cool spring we had grasses growing quickly and there is now an abundance of vegetation that’s drying out and that is adding to an already heavy fuel load,” said Humphreys. He said fire districts are setting restrictions for fireworks in communities, primarily along the east benches. “Utah law regarding fireworks allows their use three days prior to and three days after July 4 and July 24,” said Humphreys. Humphreys cautioned about the proper use of fireworks, especially around children. “It’s a sad thing when injuries result, especially with children, so any steps to prevent those are well advised,” he said. “Sparklers tend to be quite dangerous when children are in close proximity to them. They’re very hot; the end of a sparkler can be hot enough to melt aluminum. With legal fireworks it’s always wise to have a bucket of water nearby so that you can douse them after they’re set off.” Here is the complete list of fireworks restrictions, by community: Logan: north of 400 North, east of 1700 East; south of 400 north, east of 1400 East. North Logan: east of 1600 East between 1700 North and 3500 North. Hyde Park: east of 400 East from the south to the north border of the city. Smithfield: east of 700 East from the southern border of the city to Center Street. East of 470 East from Center Street to Canyon Road. East of 300 East from 200 North to the northern border of the city. Providence: All areas within Providence City east of a north-south line at 400 East. Unincorporated areas: all east bench areas.

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