Park City Fire District

Courtesy Utah Division Forestry Fire State Lands


 Fire season has arrived: Summit County already has a moderate fire risk. 


With a drier than usual winter and temperatures warming up, Park City Fire District Marshal Mike Owens said this year the fire season has started earlier than usual in Summit County.

Courtesy Utah Division Forestry Fire State Lands

Fire season in the Park City area is at its height from roughly June to late August. With a lower than average snowpack this winter meaning less water and drier forests, Park City highlighted some of their fire mitigation efforts at Tuesday’s coffee with council discussion.


Wildfires are always in the back of people’s minds during the summer months in the west. Record-breaking fires in California and Colorado in recent years, as well as a number of fires here in Utah, have led some to worry about how vulnerable Park City is to serious wildfire.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:02) Utah Avalanche Forecast Center report.

( 01:26) Summit County Council Member recaps Wednesday's meeting.

( 16:29) Carolyn Murray reports on the child tax credit provided by the American Rescue Act funds.

( 18:53) Ballet Next Founder and Artisitic Director Michele Wiles talks about moving her company to Park City and the planned summer shows.

Park City Fire District

Some North Summit community members have raised concerns about emergency services provided in their area.

The North Summit Fire District is a special service district in the county with around 25 volunteer firefighters and EMS serving almost 420 square miles in the North Eastern part of the county.

In the past, when there were accidents the responding volunteers would drive to the scene in their own cars. Coalville Mayor Trevor Johnson said these volunteers were commonly community members.


On today's Local News Hour:

(01:57) - Utah Avalanche Forecast Center report.

(04:53) - Park City Fire Chief Paul Hewitt responds to concerns that the Park City Fire District will be taking over the North Summit Fire District. 

(40:27) - Monika Guendner, Community Engagement & Marketing Manager, and Education Director Meagan Nielsen Habitat for Humanity of Summit & Wasatch counties have details about the need for volunteers.

Today on the Local News Hour:

(02:19) - Utah Avalanche Forecast Report

(14:28) - Summit County Council Member Glenn Wright recaps Wednesday's meeting.

(24:06) - KPCW Winter Pledge Drive welcomes Park City Fire Chief Paul Hewitt and from The Colony,  Walt Brett and Bronson Calder.

Park City Fire Department

  The Park City Fire District has vaccinated Park City firefighters and Summit County EMTs.

More than 97% of Park City firefighters have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Ashley Lewis is the Administrative Battalion Chief for the district. He said everything with vaccine rollout came together quickly. 

Park City Fire Department

  Park City Fire Department responded to a call where nine members of a group experienced symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.




The fire department responded to a call Saturday morning near the base of Canyons Village. Battalion Chief Darren Nelson said a couple of families were staying in the residence for the holidays. 

Nelson said residents in the house reported have symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. 

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Park City firefighters responded to a small wildfire above Park City on Saturday morning.


The fire was in the Empire Pass area just above the Empire Canyon Lodge at Deer Valley. Firefighters say the blaze was a campfire that got out of hand.


Crews responded quickly on Saturday morning and were able to extinguish the flames before they grew too large. 


Park City Fire District


Three firefighters from the Park City Fire District left for California to assist in responding to the many fires currently burning across the state.


Park City Fire Chief Paul Hewitt says it’s a good thing all around to have staff who are certified to fight wildfires. And all three of the men who went to help crews battle fires in Northern California were excited to go. 


Today on the Local News Hour: 

(07:21) - Park City Fire Chief Paul Hewitt and Summit County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer talk about the fire works ban in place in Summit County.

(23:07) - Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson has a preview of the Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday.

Heber City Mayor Kelleen Potter  (9:41)to talk about the Sorenson Annexation Heber City council will vote next Tuesday. Park City Councilmember Max Doilney (22:24) has a recap of last night's meeting and Park City Fire District Battalion Chief  Mike Owens (39:10) talks about the Blue Ribbon commission and upcoming wild fire season.

Park City Fire District

A construction trailer near Woodward Park City caught on fire Wednesday afternoon.

California Fire

40 firefighters from Utah are joining California crews to battle blazes across the state. Among those headed out include crews from Wasatch County and Park City Fire Districts’

Fires are devastating California communities as October draws to a close. The Kincade Fire in Sonoma county has burned 75,000 acres and is around 15% contained. Meanwhile the nearly 700-acre Getty fire in Los Angeles has caused evacuation from more than 7,000 residences and is just five percent contained.


Two members of the Park City Fired Department are part of a Utah task force that has been deployed to the East Coast to help victims of Hurricane Dorian.

Captain McKay Wadley and Engineer Chad Kramer were deployed Tuesday night by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to Charlotte, North Carolina. Park City Fire District spokesperson Tricia Hurd Hazelrigg says they’re in a hotel waiting for the storm to impact the area.