Team Rubicon teams up with SLC Fire Department to clear out dangerous, dry timber along wildland border

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Salt Lake City — Team Rubicon and Salt Lake City Fire Department are teaming up on Saturday to cut down trees that present major wildfire hazards along the foothills near This is the Place Monument and Hogle Zoo.
Team Rubicon is a group of veterans who volunteer to help with efforts related to emergency response teams, safety, community aid and education.

On Saturday, the group will cut down and clear out between 40 to 60 dry, dead trees to help with fire mitigation.

There were as many outdoor fires between July 1 and 11, as there were in the entire month of June, according to city Dry conditions, which increase the risk of fire, have taken hold in Salt Lake City, with the National Weather Service describing this summer as the second driest in history.

“We are working every angle to prevent wildfires this year,” said Firefighter and emergency management coordinator Tom Simons. “We are mitigating risks, educating the public and preparing our crews to the best of our ability.”
Earlier this month, the Salt Lake City Fire Department (SLCFD) tightened its fireworks restrictions as another effort to reduce the risk of preventable fires.

The department is also working with Tracy Aviary to ensure that active bird nests are not disrupted.

For information about fire prevention, safety and fireworks restrictions, visit

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