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SEVIER LEADERS CONSIDERING BRUSH-LAND CONSTRUCTION RULES

Concern about fire danger in Sevier County has prompted county commissioners to study urban wildlife interface rules.

Such rules, enacted recently in Utah County, require building codes and regulations in areas where development and heavily forested brush lands meet and fire danger is imminent. The commission fears drought could lead to substantial loss and taxpayer expense if wildfires ignite in remote regions of the county.The county is responsible for fire protection on private lands in such areas.

The commission was told by Kelly Allen of the State Lands and Forestry agency that the average landowner has little incentive to take precautions. He emphasized that controlling a fire in some locations would be very costly.

Commissioners are considering requiring firebreaks and residential building standards that would meet all fire codes.

Allen said that fire would consume cabins in some remote areas within an hour.