Summit busts man for violating fire ban

Published June 30, 2012 1:34 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

A man was arrested in Summit County after deputies found him and others stoking a bonfire in defiance of a newly adopted ban on such blazes.

Deputies responded to a call at 11:50 p.m. Friday of an open fire on Echo Dam Road near Echo Reservoir in Coalville. They found several minors and an adult drinking alcohol while feeding the fire, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Officials said having the bonfire was a direct violation of the county's new fire ban ordinance.

Counties and communities across Utah have enacted such measures as wildfires rage across much of the state.

The adult in Summit County who claimed responsibility for the bonfire was charged with a class B misdemeanor, according to the Sheriff's Office. Three other adults were booked on suspicion of multiple drug and alcohol violations and contributing to the delinquency of minors. Two juveniles were referred on charges, too.

Summit County Sheriff David Edmunds said in a news release Saturday that, because of the fires and extreme fire danger in the area, he was taking a "zero-tolerance stance on the open fire and fireworks issue."

"The Summit County Sheriff's Office," he vowed, "will actively protect our mountain community from the threat that these careless individuals pose to our homes, economy and environment by recklessly violating the ban."


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
comments powered by Disqus