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.