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Davis County bans open burning for rest of 2020 after Shepard Canyon fire

Posted at 8:01 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 22:17:00-04

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah — After a grass fire ignited in the mountains above Farmington Sunday afternoon and continued into Monday, Davis County officials enacted a ban on open burning through the rest of the year.

The fire, which has been named the "Shepard Fire" due to its location in/near Shepard Canyon, was last estimated at 12 acres with zero percent containment.

"This prohibition comes strongly recommended due to the impact of COVID-19 on our local and state emergency services and the poor air quality of our region," the Davis County Sheriff wrote.

There are exceptions to the ban, including farm and horticultural operations. However, the local fire department must be notified beforehand in these cases, and the fires must be contained and monitored at all times, the announcement said.

"Recreational fires" can also be permitted by local ordinances, but they must have prior authorization from the local fire department. Campfires can be permitted in "approved campgrounds where the firepit has been installed by a governmental agency or approved by the Davis County fire warden."

Full details on the ban can be read on the Davis County Sheriff's Office website.