Fire Safety Update

The Pinebrook Fire Safety Committee (PFSC) has been very busy this year.  The PFSC’s accomplishments so far in 2020:

  • Community Wildfire Preparedness Plan finalized and filed with the state government
  • Firewise USA application filed to obtain Firewise certification for Pinebrook
  • Professional foresters presently working to create fire breaks and reduce fuel on ten acres of Pinebrook Master Association and Pinebrook Homeowners Association open space
  • Four fire safety volunteer days held to reduce fuel on Pinecrest Drive, Canyon Drive and Canyon Drive Court
  • One community-wide education event held
  • Evacuation planning and communication discussions with Summit County and local fire officials in progress

To learn more about the PFSC’s activities and plans, visit:  https://www.pinebrookmasterassn.org/fire-safety/

To join the fire safety email list and receive communications about the PFSC’s activities including its volunteer and education events, or to contact the committee with any questions or concerns, please email:  pinebrookfiresafety@gmail.com

Pinebrook Private Trails, Open Space and Parking Issues

The majority of the natural surface trails, parks, trailhead parking areas and open space in the Pinebrook development are private, for the exclusive use of Pinebrook Master Association (PMA) members.  We are experiencing an increase in the public (non PMA members) parking in our private parks and trailhead parking areas, and trespassing on our private trails and open space.  We believe that the increased use of our private trails by the public is due to: (1) information posted on the Internet and in smartphone apps that either classifies our private trails as public, or makes no distinction, leaving interpretation to the users – we request corrections whenever we identify these issues; (2) Park City area residents (non PMA members) who think they are allowed to use the trails because they have friends who are PMA memberswe have been educating these trail users that they are trespassing on private property unless they are accompanied by their resident friend; (3) the general increase in trail use during COVID-19 and recent parking restrictions that have been implemented in Summit Park and Sun Peak due to congestion at their trailheads; (4) the online posting and use of Pinebrook crags for rock climbing by non PMA members, and their creation of a renegade access trail from Canyon Drive; and (5) poor public access to Hunters Trail of Mid Mountain resulting in Pinebrook trails and parking being used by the public – Basin Recreation in partnership with the PMA Trails Committee are addressing this issue with trail realignments and new construction.

The PMA has volunteers posting flyers on vehicles parked in or adjacent to our trailheads and parks, and the volunteers are interacting with the trail users to help educate them.  The issuance of parking stickers to PMA members has been discussed, however, the PMA has not yet decided to implement this method, since Summit County allows parking along the shoulder of the road near our private trails.  The PMA plans to add additional signage that clarifies that all trails with a Pinebrook Master Association logo are private trails to which Summit County Ordinance 710 applies.

A Pool for Pinebrook

A committee has been formed to re-explore the viability of building a membership based non-profit pool club for Pinebrook Master Association members on land adjacent to the Pinebrook Park. Whether you previously placed a deposit to indicate your household’s serious interest in joining the pool, you are new to Pinebrook and want to learn more, or you would like to assist the committee with this initiative, please contact the committee at pool4pinebrook@gmail.com. Please look for additional information from the committee in the near future. 

Pinebrook Master Association Fall Chipping

(for tree limbs and brush only)

This year Pinebrook will be holding a fall chipping weekend.  Members of Pinebrook Master Association (that includes everyone that is a member of the Pinebrook Homeowners Association) may bring remaining tree limbs (eight inches in diameter maximum) from their property to Pinebrook Park for chipping:

   Friday October 9th: noon to 5pm

   Saturday October 10th: 9am to 5pm

   Sunday October 11th: 9am to noon

Dumpsters will NOT be provided as part of the chipping program  and none of the following items will be accepted:  building materials, metal, stumps with dirt or debris, weeds or grass clippings. 

Chips from this event will be available for pickup during the hours above.

The parking lot will be closed after hours on Friday October 9th and Saturday October 10th.

Home Fire Inspection Program

The Park City Fire District has announced a Wildland Structure Inspection Program, designed to give homeowners one-on-one training at their home to assess their structures and determine what actions are needed to increase the safety of their home in the event of a wildfire.  The service is free and available on a first come-first served basis.  The approximately one hour inspection will include a detailed assessment of the home, the landscaping, and any outbuildings.  At the end of the assessment the homeowner will have a detailed list of items that can be addressed to help protect the home in the event of a wildfire and a personalized evacuation plan.  Visit the Fire District’s website at www.pcfd.org to register for the service. 

Separately, we encourage all members of the Pinebrook community to stay informed about our Pinebrook Fire Safety Committee’s initiatives. If you aren’t already on that email distribution list, please send an email to pinebrookfiresafety@gmail.com and you will be added.

Calling for Pinebrook Volunteers for Fire Safety Event

We need Pinebrook Volunteers for a Fire Safety Event on Sat June 6th from 9am to 1pm  

The Pinebrook Fire Safety Committee’s first volunteer event of 2020 will be on the morning of Saturday June 6th. There are a number of downed trees and large dead trees street-side on Pinebrook Master Association property on Pinecrest Drive (between the homes at 7083 and 7089). Bring your chainsaw or your branch cutters, come help move the cut logs and branches, or come photograph the event for us. Free firewood will be made available to the community for pickup after the event.  Please join us for any part of the four hour window.  Social distancing will be observed.  Please send any questions to pinebrookfiresafety@gmail.com.”

Opportunity for HOA members to get assistance with weed control.

Dear Summit County Land Owner,

The Summit Cooperative Weed Management Area (Summit County CWMA) in cooperation with the Summit County, Park City, and Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District, have been awarded two competitive grants from the Utah State Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) to map and treat three class 1B state noxious weeds: diffuse knapweed, garlic mustard and yellow starthistle and two class 2 state noxious weeds: Russian knapweed and spotted knapweed.

Please help us contain the spread of these high priority invasive plants by participating in this area wide management effort. If you have any of these noxious weeds on your property and would like to have your property treated free of charge by licensed contractors, sign up via the link below and:

  • Sign and submit this consent form by May 31, 2020 to get on the schedule early. Submissions after May 31th will also be considered but may not be treated in the first rounds of treatments.
  • Please submit a separate consent for each lot you own. 
  • Learn how to identify these five noxious weeds both as a rosette and when in flower (see attached fact sheet).
  • Pull any flowering garlic mustard plants prior to free herbicide treatment of rosettes.
  • Monitor, pull, and bag or treat with herbicide any missed or newly germinated plants 2-3 weeks after treatment and throughout the growing season (May to November). Infested areas must be monitored for a period of 10 years to deplete the seed source.Please note: If garlic mustard and/or spotted knapweed are growing in ornamental or landscaped areas, you must control these yourself as the contractor will not treat these areas.
  • Educate and promote control of these weeds with neighbors and community groups;
  • Agree to allow a contractor to enter your property to treat these weed infestations using a selective herbicide free of charge;

Your personal information will not be shared.

For more information please visit

Summit County Weed Divison

**Special Note** Funding is limited and priority for treatment will be given first to open space and public properties, private properties adjacent or connected to open space and public properties by recreational or wild game trails. Once these properties are treated, treatment will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please also note, you are receiving this letter because your area has been designated as a high priority for control of these noxious weeds. Treatment of garlic mustard will occur spring to early summer and again in the fall of 2020. Knapweeds and yellow starthistle will be treated midsummer through fall of 2020.

A professional licensed weed contractor will be in your neighborhood this spring and fall to both map and treat these noxious weeds with the appropriate herbicide. If you wish to be notified with a more specific treatment timeframe, are a beekeeper or have an autoimmune condition, Please contact Sara Jo Dickens at jo@ecologybridge.com.

**In light of the current COVID 19 situation, contractors will not come to your door to check in, instead, we will post treatment areas weekly on our Facebook page (Summit CWMA UT). The contractors will use darker temporary blue dies to show where they have sprayed and place a neo-green lawn flag in your front yard.

2020 Spring Cleanup and Wood Chipping Scheduled

Dumpsters and wood chipper will be provided by the Pinebrook Master Association and Pinebrook Homeowners Association again this year from Saturday, May 23rd to Sunday, May 31stPer State guidelines and in response to COVID19, social distancing must be practiced when dropping off items. They will be in the usual location in the parking lot of the Pinebrook Park. In the past few years, use of the dumpsters has increasingly been abused by non-residents, landscape companies, after-hour dumping in the parking lot (not in the dumpsters), and dumping of toxic and hazardous materials. Crews may implement additional screening and security measures this year to help control and manage the cleanup efforts. Continued abuse could ultimately lead to discontinuation of this highly valued service. Please:

1.) Do not invite your friends in neighboring communities to use Pinebrook’s dumpsters.

2.) All disposed materials must be placed in the dumpsters and wood stacked in marked locations for chipping. Do not dump truckloads of debris in the parking lot for the crews to pick up and dispose of in the dumpsters.

3.) If you hire a landscape company to help with spring cleanup, please make sure they are only acting on your behalf. They are not allowed to dispose of waste and debris from other customers in other neighborhoods.

4.) Do not dump anything toxic or hazardous! NO paint, paint rags, tires, propane tanks, chemicals, needles and medical waste, batteries, etc. Save those for Summit County’s Hazard Material Collection events instead.

5.) If you are unable to haul your trees or branches to the park to be chipped, you will need to contact a private chipping service or the Park City Fire District to sign up for their free mobile chipping service. Their schedule will fill quickly, so don’t delay. NEITHER THE PHOA OR PMA PROVIDE MOBILE, CURBSIDE CHIPPING SERVICES.

Parks and Facilities Closed in Response to COVID-19

Effective immediately, facilities including playground equipment, pavilions and bathrooms will be temporarily closed and off-limits to users until further notice in response to COVID-19. This includes facilities at the Pinebrook Park, Ecker Hill Park, Pickleball Court Park, and pocket parks in Pineridge. The parks themselves are not closed, however, park users must adhere to all “social distancing” actions as required by the Summit County Stay at Home order issued on Wednesday, March 25th.