FIRE HAZARD REDUCTION PROGRAM

WHAT IS THE FIRE HAZARD REDUCTION PROGRAM?

The Fire Hazard Reduction Program is the cornerstone of our Wildland Fire Action Plan. Property owners in the City of Uintah are expected to maintain their property free of hazards or nuisance vegetation year round. Common requirements are 100’ feet of vegetation clearance from structures and 10’ feet for road access. The goal is to maintain trees and vegetation, and to remove or reduce hazardous vegetation that provides a combustible fuel supply for wildfire. This defensible space aids our firefighters by giving them a tactical advantage in stopping a fire and saving lives and properties. The program is completely operated by Fire Personnel. Dry, volatile fuel and poorly maintained vegetation creates an extreme fire danger by spreading wildfires. Well-placed and well-maintained vegetation can beautify and control erosion in residential neighborhoods.
 
FIRE HAZARD REDUCTION

Uintah City residents and property owners cannot ignore the fact that dry, poorly maintained vegetation creates an extreme fire danger to their homes. Well-placed, well-maintained vegetation beautifies and controls erosion in residential neighborhoods. Poorly maintained vegetation is a natural, volatile fuel for fast-spreading wildfires - an invitation to disaster. Property owners and residents can help protect their homes by joining in partnership with their neighbors and the Fire Department to assure  compliance with the Department's Fire Hazard Reduction program, as outlined here. The goal is to maintain trees and vegetation that beautify and benefit a property, and to remove hazardous vegetation that provides a combustible fuel supply for wildfire. This is important to every resident of UIntah City, where the fire season is year round. The Uintah City Fire Department wants to work with you to create the most fire-safe community possible. Fire Department personnel welcome your questions and invitations to discuss vegetation management and other fire-related issues with organizations or individuals. For additional information, contact the department at prevention@uintahfd.org

FIRE PREVENTION PARTNERSHIP

A working partnership between property owners, their neighbors, and the Uintah City Fire Department is the best defense against disastrous fires. Uintah City's Ordinance is designed to minimize fire danger by controlling the density and placement of flammable vegetation. The Fire Department does not recommend indiscriminate clearing of native vegetation. Natural vegetation plays an important role in erosion control. The delicate balance between erosion control and fire hazard reduction can be achieved if all members of the Fire Prevention partnership do their part.

Brush Clearance Guide

Landscape (Ornamental)

• Remove all flammable vegetation and other combustible growth within 100 feet of any structure. Single trees, ornamental shrubbery or cultivated ground covers may be permitted provided they are maintained in a manner that they do not readily transmit fire from native vegetation to the structure.

• Special Attention should be given to the use and maintenance of ornamental plants known or thought to be high hazard combustible plants when used in close proximity to structures. Some of these known plants are, but not limited to Acacia, Cedar, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Pine, and Pampas Grass. Planting of ornamentals should be properly maintained and should not be planted in mass plantings and groups. They should not be planted in such a manner that they could transmit fire from the native brush to the structure.

• The Uintah City Fire Department is strongly recommending you increase your brush clearance from 100’ to 200’ if any of the following apply to your property: House located on/or at the top of a slope, old brush not recently burned, east or south facing aspect, wood shake roof, limited access for Fire Department, ornamental shrubbery next to house, older construction, historical fire pattern in your area, heavy chaparral fuels, limited or private water supply, or more than 5 miles from a Fire Station.

• Space tree canopies and shrubs a minimum of 15’ from other shrubs or trees. All trees and shrubs need to be trimmed up off the ground 5 feet or 1/3 the height of the tree which ever is less. Maintain all plants by regularly removing all dead fall and litter.

Yard Maintenance

• Stack wood at least 30 feet from structures; remove flammable vegetation within 10 feet of woodpile.

• Remove all stacks of construction materials, pine needles, leaves and debris.

• Locate fixed butane/propane tanks at least 10 feet from any structure and give them 10 feet of brush clearance.

Roof Maintenance

• Remove dead branches overhanging your roof.

• Clean all dead leaves from your roof and rain gutters.

• Cover your chimney outlet with a spark arrestor consisting of a metal or non-flammable screen of ½ inch or smaller.


Remember if you see smoke and/or flames in your area, immediately report it by dialing 9-1-1. Take note of the exact location to be relayed to the dispatcher so emergency equipment can be sent to the right location. We all have a role in making a fire safe community. Thank you for being a part of the team.