25 homes temporarily evacuated as crews battle fire on Alpine mountainside

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  • h2oSkee Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2017 10:19 a.m.

    On another note. If Fireworks were only done by cities that put on the elaborate displays, supervised by the fire department, I would be happy.

    The fact is Fireworks are big business in Utah and Wyoming (who's customers are primarily Utahns). And too many families have big traditions lighting them off. Spending anywhere from $50-$1000+ on there street shows. Those 2 reasons are why they have not been outlawed already. Even though they are a huge nuisance and danger. Those 2 reasons out way common sense.

    July is always dry in Utah and there are always fires caused by fireworks every single year. Costing millions to fight, while they destroy nature and homes, as well as killing wildlife and even some people.

    Plus our streets our littered with tons of debris and burn marks. Pets are frightened and lost. Bad feelings arise between neighbors as inconsiderate revelers continue lighting off fireworks until midnight or later. And of course there are the frequent accidents where people are hurt.

    I love this state, but it seems in Utah business and family enjoyment take priority over common sense.

  • h2oSkee Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2017 10:10 a.m.

    Utah County may need to adapt there firearms laws to match Salt Lake County's; where firearms can not be discharged unless at a designated range.

    As a resident that remembers Utah being somewhat of a small town feeling out-in-the-country kind of place, its tough to see everywhere developed and changed. But it's no longer that way and the laws have to adapt to keep what nature we have left.

  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    July 17, 2017 9:45 a.m.

    The fire was out by Sunday night, three isolated flare ups but the planes had dropped fire retardant around the fire so it could not spread and where they weren't able to drop the retardant the ground crews and helicopters with huge water buckets had been able to stop the progress.

    This is why newspapers are going out of business, this report was really about 6 hours behind.

  • Man from Dear River West Jordan, UT
    July 17, 2017 12:56 a.m.

    All rights are conjoined with responsibilities. Abuse those rights with irresponsible behavior you will see your rights reduced if not rescinded. This ain't nuclear science, quantum physics or aeronautical engineering. Abuse is punishable across many venues and reckless gun behavior should be no exception. These kind of issues should be resolved by public outreach and education and money must be allocated by the legislature to accomplish that. Otherwise fireworks and gun discharge will have to be restricted - period. Anything less is irrational and fallacious sensibility.

  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    July 16, 2017 11:52 p.m.

    Utah is made of tinder. Fireworks should be outlawed except in very narrow settings.

    Building high on a dry mountain or in a floodplain isn't smart either.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    July 16, 2017 8:27 p.m.

    To Impartial7:

    I'm sorry you tried to make this incident about the second amendment to the Constitution.
    The second amendment is about the right to bear arms, not a right to shoot them on a hot, dry summer afternoon near homes against the mountain where dry brush can be ignited by a spark. This same thing happened in 2014 in Alpine, though that fire was put out more quickly. We need people to exercise common sense when riding four-wheelers and motorcycles, when participating in shooting sports, when digging with a backhoe, when shooting off fireworks, etc. I too tire of watching our mountains burn because of reckless, thoughtless acts.

    But your comment about the second amendment has nothing to do with this story or this fire. Possessing a firearm is a constitutional right and has been for over two centuries. Shooting a firearm, especially rifles in mid-July in the foothills of the Wasatch mountains with dry brush all around is not a right - and it is not smart.

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    July 16, 2017 3:23 p.m.

    Anyone found guilty, whether by trial or confession, of starting a wildfire should serve time in jail, pay a substantial fine, and have their gun ownership rights taken away. If you can't act responsibly you shouldn't be allowed to endanger others.

    There's no reason for people to be shooting outside of shooting ranges in the middle of the summer. If you just have to shoot go to a dedicated range where you're not likely to put other people in danger to pursue your hobby. I appreciate the need for mercy and compassion but there's also a time when we should make examples out of people who act recklessly.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    July 16, 2017 2:40 p.m.

    Good ole Utah, where 2nd amendment rights override common sense. Between fireworks and shooting in a tinderbox, we are just begging to burn our state up.

  • The Real Maverick Spanish Fork, UT
    July 16, 2017 2:14 p.m.

    Why are people allowed to shoot guns and fireworks still? How much property must be damaged and lives ruined before our legislature acts? In July and August, we need some laws banning These things since the population lacks common sense.