BRIGHAM CITY -- In an emergency session called for Monday, the city council gathered to set a fireworks ban in the city's foothills and surrounding fields.
The restrictions will be on the East Bench above residences, from 1500 North to the city's southern boundary, in what city spokesman Rick Bosworth called "the urban wildland interface."
The proposal also calls for a fireworks ban in areas around the Brigham City airport, as well as the annexed areas of the Bear River Bird Refuge, said Bosworth.
Box Elder County has already restricted fireworks in the incorporated areas of the county.
More specifically, the fireworks ban will be in the following areas of Brigham City:
* East of residential property on Highland Boulevard, 675 North, Aspen Drive, Carolyn Place, Orchard Place, Oak Place, Bott Avenue, Sycamore Circle, Sheri Circle, 1300 East, Bywater Way and Kaylynne Circle.
* East of a line running due south from Highland Boulevard to Highway 89/91.
* East of Highway 89/91 from the mouth of the canyon to Michelle Drive.
* East of residential property on Michelle Drive.
Bosworth said residents may use Lindsay, Watkins, Christensen and John Adams parks as sites for fireworks. Those who use the city parks must clean up the debris afterward.
City officials are asking residents to use caution while detonating fireworks within the city near dry grass on vacant lots and yards.
Brigham City's fire division ramped up an education program for the residents of Brigham City, in which they explained the concerns with the use of fireworks and ignition sources in an extremely dry environment.
Bosworth said the city will have extra fire staff on hand on July Fourth and Pioneer Day, July 24.