SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Fire Department is banning the use of fireworks east of 900 East and west of Redwood Road over the 24th of July due to hot and dry conditions.

In addition, no fireworks can be used north of South Temple. There are no restrictions south to the city border.

The restrictions apply to all fireworks — aerials or otherwise — as the department considers them to be equally culpable in starting fire under the current conditions. Under state law, fireworks may be set off three days before and three days after the July Fourth and 24th holidays.

According to Salt Lake City Fire Marshal Ryan Mellor, there were as many outdoor fires July 1-11 as there were the entire month of June.

“Our responsibility is to protect the residents of Salt Lake City and reduce risk where we can,” Mellor said in a statement. “After careful consideration, we felt this was in the community’s best interest while still complying with state law.”

The fire department is encouraging residents to attend one of the public fireworks displays and to avoid lighting open fires or campfires. The weather is forecast to be in the 90s for the next two weeks, which will exacerbate the risks during the holiday.

The fire department also reminds residents and businesses that it will aggressively pursue those individuals who negligently cause a fire or who are out of compliance with the new fireworks restrictions.

For additional information, go to slcfire.com.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

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