Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Fire Stopped in Smithfield Dental Clinic

January 19, 2016

SMITHFIELD, Utah – Firefighters from Smithfield, North Logan, Logan and the Cache County Fire District spent nearly two hours Monday night searching for and fighting a fire in the attic of the Community Dental Center, 130 W. 700 South, Smithfield.

Smithfield Fire Chief Jay Downs said the owner was notified of an alarm at the building. When he stopped by to check, he saw and smelled smoke. The fire departments were paged out at approximately 10 p.m.

The fire was mostly contained to the attic. But Downs said it was difficult to find because it was hidden by the insulation.

The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical in the attic. Damage to the building was estimated at $250,000. An estimate on the value of damage to the contents of the building has yet to be determined.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Logan Structure Fire



Structure Fire

Logan, Utah – Oct. 14, 2014 – The Logan Fire Department with automatic aid departments responded to a report of a structure fire at 273 West 240 North.  The fire was reported by a neighbor that could see smoke coming from the garage. At the time of the fire there were a number of simultaneous calls.

Upon arrival the fire department found a single family home with fire through the roof above a two car garage.  The fire department began extinguishing the fire from the outside until it was safe to enter and extinguish the remaining fire.  The home was occupied at the time of the fire by a couple and their pet.  

The home sustained extensive heat and smoke damage throughout all rooms.  Damage estimated at $100,000.  Fire crews will continue to stay on scene to control any hot spots throughout  the night and will conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire later in the morning.

Craig Humphreys, Deputy Chief
North Logan Fire Department
2005 North 1200 East
North Logan, Utah 84341


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Smithfield Seeks New Volunteer Firefighters

SMITHFIELD, Utah — Smithfield Fire Department will be holding its new hire testing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the fire station, 325 West 100 North. Anyone interested in joining the department is encouraged to pick up an application at Smithfield City Hall, 96 S. Main. Applications will also be available the night of the test at the fire station.

Capt. Thomas Maples explained that the test, which is held twice a year, includes a written exam and a physical skills and agility exam. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the skills and agility exam. 

Chief Jay Downs said the department provides fire and emergency medical services to residents in Smithfield, Hyde Park, Amalga and Benson. There is no experience necessary, but experience will provide additional points in the selection process. Downs added that participants should be in good physical shape and be willing to make the necessary commitments to the department.

Those commitments include completing basic structural firefighting, wildland firefighting, and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training within two years of being hired. The department pays for the training, but the classes require more than 200 hours usually during evenings and on weekends. Additionally, new volunteers must complete a 5-week orientation class and participate in weekly training drills.

Smithfield Fire Department does not have a residency requirement. But successful candidates are required to stay at or near the station when they are on duty, which is approximately 1 night per week. For more information, call 563-3056 ext. 405.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Shed Fire



Trenton Utah-July 15 The Trenton fire department with automatic aid from Lewiston, Clarkston, Newton, Cache County EMS and the Cache County Fire District responded to a shed fire located at 1412 East Main Trenton. The call came in approximately 10:45 AM.

The first arriving engine found a fully involved shed with two one thousand gallon propane tanks next to the burning structure. The Trenton fire department was able to obtain a water source and quickly cooled down the propane tanks and extinguished the fire.

The shed contained two small tractors, a jeep and some miscellaneous tools. There were no injuries to firefighters or bystanders. The damage is estimated around $15,000. The cause of the fire is still under Investigation.

Jason Winn
Fire Marshal
Cache County Fire District
Logan, Utah 84321
(435) 755-1674

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cache County Fire District Fire Restrictions



Cache County Utah-July 11th Due to current and forecasted weather conditions in northern Utah, the State Forester as determined that measures must be taken to prevent costly and damaging forest and rangeland fires. Therefore, pursuant to Utah State Law, Section 65A-8-212 Utah Code 1994. The following acts are prohibited on the areas, roads and trails described below until rescinded by the Utah State Forester. Therefore all unincorporated private lands in Cache County will be under fire restrictions beginning July 14th 2014. The restrictions will be as follows.

1. Setting, building, maintaining, attending or using open fires of any kind, except campfires built within the facilities provided for them in improved campgrounds, picnic areas or permanently improved places of habitation.

2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared to mineral soil.

3. Discharging or using any kind of fireworks, tracer ammunition or other pyrotechnics devices including explosive targets.

4. Cutting, welding, or grinding metal in areas of dry vegetation. 

The following persons are exempted from the above prohibitions:

1. Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the prohibited act at a specific location.

2. Any State or Federal Fire Officer or firefighting forces in the performance of an official duty.

Jason Winn
Fire Marshal
Cache County Fire District
179 North Main
Logan, Utah 84321
(435) 755-1670

Monday, June 23, 2014

The fireworks season has arrived

Please remember that fireworks are in fact explosives. They can be dangerous when used improperly.
Fireworks may be sold in the State of Utah from June 23 to July 27.

Fireworks may be discharged in the State of Utah from July 1 – July 7 between the hours of 11am to 11pm, extended to midnight on July 4.

Fireworks may also be discharged in the State of Utah from July 21 – July 27 between the hours of 11am to 11pm, extended to midnight on July 24.

At this time there are no restrictions throughout Cache County. However do to the changing of environmental conditions the restrictions for the 24th holiday have yet to be determined.

Fireworks safety tips:

·         Buy and use only legal fireworks.
·         Read and follow label directions.
·         Fireworks should only be used under adult supervision, even sparklers can injure. Sparklers burn at up to 1,800 degrees and are the third leading cause of eye injuries.
·         Keep a bucket of water or a hose at discharge site.
·         Light one firework at a time. If they don’t ignite, don’t try to relight them.
·         Always place fireworks on a hard flat surface.
·         Dispose of fireworks safely. Soak in water before throwing them in the trash.
·         Never point fireworks at others.
·         Wear eye protection.
·         Don’t drink alcohol while setting off fireworks.

Aerial fireworks safety tips:

·         Aerial fireworks are designed to travel up to 150 feet into the air and then explode.
·         Aerial fireworks shall be placed on a hard level surface outdoors, in a clear and open area prior to ignition.
·         Anyone under the age of 16 shall not handle or operate aerial fireworks.
·         Ignition of aerial fireworks shall be a minimum of 30 feet from any structure or vertical obstruction.
·         Aerial fireworks shall not be ignited within 150 feet of the point of sale.
·         Please read and obey all safe handling instructions before using aerial fireworks.

Craig Humphreys            
Fire Marshal                                  
Logan, Fire Department                                   
(435) 716-9515

Jason Winn
Fire Marshal
Cache County Fire District
(435) 755-1670

Jason Killinen
Fire Marshal
North Logan, Fire Department
(435) 755-5739

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Paradise Barn Fire

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Paradise, Utah June, 5 2014 -The Paradise fire department with automatic aid from Hyrum, Wellsville, Cache County EMS and the Cache County Fire District responded to a barn fire located at 9280 South 200 West Paradise. The fire was reported at 7:57 AM by a neighbor.

The first arriving units found fire coming from the main entrance at the front of the structure. Fire personal where able to quickly contain the fire to a single room in the barn.

The barn did sustain minor damage. The damage is estimated at roughly $5,000 no other structures where damaged. The cause of the fire was electrical.

Jason Winn
Fire Marshal
Cache County Fire District
(435) 755-1674