Don’t Forget Your Wildfire Risk and Perspectives Survey!

Hopefully you’ve already completed and returned the wildfire risk awareness survey questionnaire that was recently mailed to all canyon homes. This study by researchers at the U.S. Forest Service will assess our community’s knowledge of wildfire, our attitudes toward fire- related risk, and our readiness to respond to a fire emergency. The resulting data will help the township benchmark its progress in preparing for a serious wildfire event. It will also help county, state, and federal agencies develop more effective programs to inform, motivate and prepare at-risk communities like ours.

If you misplaced the first mailing, don’t worry. A second questionnaire will be mailed in the next few weeks. Please be sure to fill it out and return it in the enclosed, stamped envelope. The insights we hope to gain will be invaluable in preparing Emigration Canyon for future fires. Your participation is essential!

Wildfire in Pinecrest Canyon

Pinecrest Canyon has been evacuated due to a wildfire. Air support is on site. Follow @UtahWildfire on Twitter and sign up for Code Red emergency alerts for official updates.

Edit: evacuation is not mandatory for all residents.

Chipper Day – October 8th

October 8th Is Canyon Chipper Day

Start your saws and sharpen your pruning shears. On Monday, October 8 we’ll have chipper crews from the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands and United Fire Authority in the canyon to process brush and tree limbs. Any material up to 12 inches in diameter that we clear from our properties and pile at the roadside edge will be chipped and left onsite for re-use as mulch—at no cost to you or the township. Don’t miss this opportunity to reduce the volume of potential wildfire fuels around your home.

If you want to participate (and we hope you will):

  • Have your brush piled by the roadside (main road or any secondary canyon road) by the morning of October 8. We won’t be able to service driveways.
  • Stack your brush in a single direction so the pile is easy to unload.
  • Be careful to not obstruct road shoulders or bike lanes.
  • To be sure we don’t miss your pile, please email your street address to
  • Be aware that we’ll be leaving all chips in place. This free service doesn’t include disposal.

If necessary, we’ll schedule additional crew time, so don’t be concerned if we don’t get to you on day one. And if our chipper crews are called away on firefighting duty, we’ll reschedule and notify everyone by email.

Questions? Call Bill Tobey, Firewise Coordinator, Emigration Canyon Community Council, 801-582-0474.

Let the fuel reduction begin!

Code Red Emergency Notification System

CodeRED is the official community notification system now available to Emigration Canyon residents.  This system will send you alerts regarding emergencies or time-sensitive information that may impact the Canyon.

CodeRED can keep you informed of emergencies such as evacuation notices, utility outages, water shut off, fire, floods, or any other incident that affect safety of lives.

CodeRED delivers a pre-recorded message through a high-speed telephone calling system by phone, email, text and social media. Weather Warnings from the National Weather Service are also available. You must opt-in. Setting up a managed account will allow you to make future updates to your information and alerts options.

To ensure that you are in the database and receive alerts, be sure to register. CLICK HERE.

Your information remains private and will only be used for CodeRED communication.

Want mobile alerts too?  Or you don’t live in the Canyon but work, visit or bike the Canyon.  You will be able to receive alerts by downloading the CodeRED mobile app. CLICK HERE

Firewise 2018

This will be the 16th year that the Emigration Canyon Community Council has hosted a “Firewise” Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. This year’s Firewise event will be held May 19th, from 9AM to noon, at Fire Station 119, 5025 Emigration Canyon Rd.

Some of the morning’s activities will be familiar. Mayor Joe Smolka will be flipping pancakes, and we’ll have games and activities for the kids. Members of both the Metro Township Council and the Community Council will be on hand to discuss the ongoing transition of county and township governance.

But the core purpose of Firewise Day is wildfire education, planning, and preparation. Firewise is a national program that teaches individuals to live adaptively in fire-prone environments and encourages community efforts to mitigate risks, reduce losses, and optimize the effectiveness of professional firefighting resources.

We’ll have experts on hand from the U.S. Forest Service; the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands; Salt Lake County’s Unified Fire Authority; and Utah’s Indoor Radon Program. We’ll have displays and discussions on fire-safe landscaping strategies, fuel reduction, and evacuation planning. Spend the morning of May 19 with your neighbors at Firewise Day and you’ll help make Emigration Canyon a safer place for all this fire season.

What to do at Firewise Day?

  • Learn how to harden your home with fire- safe landscaping and fuel reduction
  • Schedule an on-site risk assessment with a UFA firefighter
  • Plan a fast, safe, well-organized family fire evacuation
  • Find an emergency response training class and join a Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.)
  • Learn about and join in community wildfire planning activities

Join your canyon neighbors at the UFA Fire Station, May 18th from 9:00 a.m. to noon, for pancakes and a generous helping of community wildfire preparedness.

Additional Resources:

This Sign Could Save Your Life

“This sign could save your life” — that’s what UPD Officer Rusty Wright has to say about the new Emigration Township house number signs.

When rescue personnel respond to an emergency, every minute counts. That’s why the community council is now offering highly visible, weather resistant house numbers to Emigration Canyon residents.

Our emergency responders have expressed frustration with the way house numbers are displayed on houses in the canyon.  Here are some examples of unhelpful – but unfortunately common – house numbers:

  • Too small (they recommend at least 6″ high numbers)
  • Missing (stickers on mailboxes often peel off)
  • Not visible from the road (for example, numbers displayed on a rock in the driveway, hidden under snow in winter, or on a porch that is set back from the road)
  • Not enough contrast with the background (for example, black numbers on a brown garage)
  • Old numbering system (old Emigration Canyon Rd address rather than your new street number)

Michael Conn, Unified Fire Authority liaison to Emigration Canyon, says: “Imagine emergency personnel responding to a 911 call at your address after dark – would you feel confident they could find you easily?” If your house number is not easily visible from the road, they will have to waste valuable time driving slowly up your road with a search light to try to locate you.

To provide a solution to this, the ECCC is working with Salt Lake County to provide large, easy-to-read signs to display house numbers to Emigration Canyon residents. Cottonwood Canyon residents have adopted similar house numbers, and about half of all Cottonwood Canyon homes now display the new numbers.  Rusty Wright, UPD says the new numbers in Cottonwood Canyon “make a world of difference.”

The new signs display your house number and the “Emigration Township” logo. They are on metal and are highly reflective, similar to street signs or highway signs. They are 8″ by 24″ and available in horizontal and vertical formats.