Ember Storm

Payson recognizes embers can rain down on homes a mile away from the flaming front of a wildfire, setting homes on fire all at once all over town. In 2020, the Payson Council passed a fuels adaptive ordinance that gives the town the ability to initiate legal action against an owner who fails to comply with the town's ordinance. An absentee resident will soon have legal action against them because of neighbor's complaints. 

Since Payson passed its fuel adaptive community plan, property owners have rushed to comply with the code.

To date, 120 homeowners have received grants to clear their properties of fuels that feed fire.

Contact the reporter at mnelson@payson.com

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Mike White

Is there a process in place for when a remote property owner doesn't keep his contact info up to date? One would think the Town could clean up the property after going through the process and then attach the costs and the fine as a lien on the property.

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