May 31, 2020 – Here’s the current state of our canyon-wide brush chipping service.
On Wednesday, May 20, a chipping crew from United Fire Authority started work in the canyon. By the end of that week they had processed brush piles along most of the main road, in the Pinecrest and Killyon's neighborhoods, and in the eastern half of Emigration Oaks. A great deal of work remains in the western half of the Oaks and in the side road neighborhoods along the main canyon.
Unfortunately, almost as soon as work began, the fire department announced budget cuts related to its unanticipated COVID 19 response expense. These cuts eliminated chipper crew funding for the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. They may not return until the new fiscal year begins on July 1 when fresh budgets become available.
We are now exploring options for expediting the remaining chipping work. We may be able to draw on state funding through the Utah Department of Natural Resources. It may be possible to find alternate funding to hire a private contractor. Neither possibility is assured, and all funding sources are under stress from the national COVID response. Please stay tuned for additional information as it becomes available.
In the meantime, we should not overestimate the fire risk that the remaining brush piles represent. Much of this material is now farther from a structure than it was before, and all of it is now located where we can quickly put a fire truck on top of it if necessary. Soon, one way or another, they will all be removed.
Thank-you all for the tremendous amount of work you’ve done to make your homes and our community safer, and for your patience as we work to resolve this issue.
Emigration Canyon Community Council