Increased temperatures mean increased fireworks restrictions

Despite an unusually heavy water year officials in several Cache Valley communities have issued fireworks restrictions which go into effect immediately, even as July 24 holiday celebrations are under way. Logan City Fire Marshall Craig Humphreys said within Utah’s new fireworks laws it is possible to restrict fireworks use in certain areas of the community. He recalls such restrictions were mandated before the July 24 holiday a year ago. “Recently the temperatures have increased, the relative humidity is changing on a daily basis. It’s getting dryer. Those grasses that grow so fast in the spring are now tall and they’re heavy, and as they dry out they become fire hazards.” He said because sparks can start fires in that dry grass it necessitates the need for the new restrictions. “We have established certain areas that are part of what we refer to as the urban-wild land interface. It’s the area where the homes meet the wild lands, especially along the benches. That’s where those grasses are readily available to burn and it is an area where we would have a hard time getting ahead of a fire, should one occur, because of the slope of the terrain.” The new local fireworks restrictions go into effect for the last week of the “fireworks season” in Utah, which concludes July 26. New Utah laws allow for the purchase and use of legal fireworks from June 26 to July 26. The new laws also allow the sale and use of aerial type fireworks. “These are multi-shot fireworks that have a significant impact,” said Humphreys. “There must be a 30-foot clearance around and 150-foot clearance above them when they’re being used.” Humphreys said there have been relatively few problems in valley related to this year’s new laws. “There have been few fire-related concerns,” he said. “However there have been calls about the noise and nuisance complaints. We believe it is reasonable to ask people to use these with discretion, in respect for their neighbors, as far as what time of the day they are setting off fireworks.” The recently issued restrictions include banning fireworks as outlined: Providence – all areas in the city east of a north-south line of 400 East; Logan – north of 400 North, east of 1700 East, and south of 400 North east of 1400 East; North Logan – east of 1700 East between 1700 North and 3500 North; Hyde Park – east of 700 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. Also, fireworks are banned from all east bench areas in the unincorporated part of Cache County.

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