SWEETWATER COUNTY — Due to high temperatures and dry conditions, Sweetwater County could be entering into fire restrictions.
During the Sweetwater County Commission meeting Tuesday, Sweetwater County Fire Warden Mike Bournazian will address the Commission in hopes of gaining approval to enter into fire restrictions within the county.
The Commission will meet at 8 a.m. at the Sweetwater County Courthouse in Green River on Tuesday, July 6.
According to meeting documents, Bournazian is recommending Stage 1 Restrictions, which are as follows:
- Discharge of fireworks and all outdoor fires are prohibited in unimproved areas of Sweetwater County.
- Only campfires at residences or campsites, within a fire ring centered within a minimum of a 15 feet cleared radius of burnable materials are permitted.
- Trash or refuse fires between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m., inside containers provided with a spark arresters and located within a cleared radius of a minimum of 15 feet of burnable materials are permitted.
- Charcoal fires within enclosed grills are permitted.
- Use of acetylene cutting torches, electric arc welders, or metal grinding in a cleared radius of 15 feet of burnable materials are permitted.
- The use of portable stoves, lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, pressurized liquid fuel or fully enclosed (sheepherder type) stove and open fire branding activities in a cleared radius of 15 feet of burnable materials is permitted.
Bournazian told SweetwaterNOW last week that he is expecting fire season to be long and dry this year.
“The citizens and tourists of Sweetwater County must adhere to every aspect of fire prevention and safety. We all need to do our part when enjoying our great outdoors in and around Sweetwater County,” Bournazian said. “It has been and is going to continue to be a long dry year for us.”