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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Dry Conditions Prompt Restrictions On Campfires, Fireworks

People who are careless with campfires and fireworks often cause wildfires. This year's fire season could be particular severe because conditions are extremely dry throughout the West, and so officials have established restrictions in an attempt to mitigate the problem.

The restrictions apply to all Utah land west of Interstate 15. Under the restrictions, no open fires can be set, except in designated campground fire pits.

Smoking is prohibited except in vehicles, buildings, at developed recreation sites or in areas with at least three feet of barren, mineral soil.
Fireworks have been banned in the restricted areas and permits are required to cut or weld metals in areas with dry vegetation on state lands.
The restrictions were issued jointly by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Utah's office of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

Campfires are prohibited in Zion National Park, even in developed campgrounds, and it is illegal to smoke on trails within the park. Fireworks are never allowed in national park and national forest areas.

Campfires and fireworks are also prohibited along the Colorado River in the Moab area, and smoking is restricted to vehicles and developed areas away from combustible materials.

As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, some communities may restrict fireworks to certain areas, so check locally before including pyrotechnics in your celebrations.

See this website for more info on restrictions, current wildfires, and fire prevention.


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