Firewise Day: May 4th & Chipper Week: May 20th

Fire Day, Chipper Week: May is Wildfire Risk Reduction Month

Summer is coming!

It may be hard to believe after this winter’s endless snow and rain, but the green spring wave now racing up the canyon will too soon turn to wildfire tinder. Before that happens we’ve scheduled two events to help prepare our homes and neighborhoods for the fires to come.

Saturday May 4 Is Fire Day

Fire Day is an annual opportunity for every canyon household to reassess its own wildfire preparedness. Are our houses fire-hardened and protected by defensible perimeters? Have we subscribed to the community’s emergency communication service? Have we made and practiced an evacuation plan? At Fire Day we’ll have the chance to learn from local authorities, including members of Unified Fire Authority, the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, and the U.S Forest Service. It’s fun. It’s informative. The pancakes are free, and it’s a great way to help make our canyon community safer for all this fire season.

Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Location: The canyon fire station, 5025 Emigration Canyon Road

Chipper Week Starts Monday May 20

Did winter storms litter your property with crippled trees and shattered branches? Have the Gambel Oaks reclaimed the defensible space you cleared just a few years ago? Well pull on your gloves and fire up your chainsaws, because starting May 20 crews from United Fire Authority will be in the canyon chipping roadside brush piles into landscape mulch. 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 for our use.

If you want to participate:

  • Pile your brush by the roadside (main road or any secondary canyon road) by the morning of May 20. We won’t be able to service driveways and will make only one pass through the canyon. Material brought to the road after crews have passed will not be chipped.
  • 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 home, please email your street address to firewise84108@gmail.com. 
  • Please track and report your time and anything you spend on arborist services. Every hour (and dollar) we spend on wildfire fuel reduction earns credit toward our annual Firewise Community recertification.

Emigration Canyon Planning Commission Meeting Jan. 17th

The Emigration Canyon Planning Commission’s January meeting is scheduled for January 17th at 8:30 AM. The meeting will be held at the Salt Lake County building at 2001 South State Street, Salt Lake City , 84190, in the North building in room N1-110.

The Planning Commissioners will be considering a request by John Walsh for a conditional use approval for commercial and private recreation, including picnic area and gazebo for picnics, parties, and other gatherings, as well as two single-lane gun ranges. Location: 2450 Pinecrest Canyon Road.

Here is a link to the Emigration Canyon Planning Commission meeting notification website: https://www.utah.gov/pmn/sitemap/publicbody/1562.html

There, you can find the meeting agenda and packet for the upcoming meeting.

Storm Cleanup – Crews Coming Monday

Good Evening All – Here’s the latest on our chipping and storm cleanup operations.

United Fire Authority and Utah DNR crews were back in the canyon today, trying to complete our original chipping list. Our chipping crews have done what they were able to accomplish, so we’re now shifting to heavier equipment to remove trees and branches that came down in the storm.

On Monday we’ll have two crews in the canyon with frontend loaders and trucks. One will start near the old Sun and Moon. The other will start at the top of the canyon and work down. Both will focus on new storm downfall.

Please pile any trees and brush you wish to have removed by the side of the road by Monday morning. 

ONLY storm-damaged trees, branches and brush should go into these piles. We’re getting green waste disposal rates for these loads, and any contaminants could raise our already considerable costs.

Our hope is to clear all significant storm damage by end of day Monday.

It’s going to be a busy weekend. Work safe out there!

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