Town of Alta | State of Utah
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Avalanche debris covering Utah State Highway Route 210 (Little Cottonwood Canyon Road)
 
Town of Alta | State of Utah
 
The Alta Fire Department was founded in 1974 and operated for 26 years as a paid on call volunteer service until July 2002
 
 
Town of Alta | State of Utah
 
The Alta Justice Court sessions are held once a month presided over by Judge Clinton E. Balmforth.
 

Public Safety

Avalanches:

State Highway Route 210 has the highest avalanche hazard rating index of any major road in America. The Utah Department of Transportation employs a forecasting team who constantly evaluate weather and snowpack data to determine avalanche risk. Liam Fitzgerald, UDOT's forecast supervisor, routinely makes the most important decisions of his day before most of us even start ours. Possible actions include restricting traffic through particularly hazardous areas or triggering artificial avalanches when the threat of natural avalanches is present.

When the chance of an avalanche is likely and the Alta Marshal deems the area unsafe, The Town of Alta goes into an interlodge alert. This is when all occupants must go inside a building and stay there until the area is determined to be safe again. Sometimes this takes minutes and sometimes, during extreme storm cycles, it can take days. The important thing to remember here is to never ignore an interlodge warning or sign. This could endanger not only your own life, but the lives of others as well. The price of any inconvenience you may suffer is small compared to the public's safety so please cooperate with the official efforts.

Fire:

The Alta Fire Department was founded in 1974 and operated for 26 years as a paid on call volunteer service until July 2002. Since then, we have contracted with the Salt Lake Unified Fire Authority to provide all fire and hazardous materials protection, medical emergency life support and to enforce fire codes within the Town limits.

For more information about the UFA and to see a great resource for safety tips, visit their website at www.unifiedfire.org

Medical Services:

For winter visitors in the ski area, the Alta Ski Area Ski Patrol provides response to on-mountain injuries. The Alta Clinic is availble to ski-in and walk-in business during the winter months only.

Justice Court:

The Alta Justice Court sessions are held once a month presided over by Judge Clinton E. Balmforth. However, the court office located in the Town Office, is open weekdays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The court phone number is (801) 742-2407. You can also reach the Court Clerk at the town office number (801) 363-5105.