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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Restrictions Imposed on Fires, Fireworks

The July 4th weekend is a time for fireworks, recreation and travel. Officials are trying to make those activities safer by imposing restrictions on fireworks and campfires.

Wildfires are already a concern in Utah. Monitor this website for current information on fires and how they impact travel and recreation. Here is information about restrictions on fires and fireworks in various places around Utah.

Washington County (including St George and Zion Park) has imposed strict restrictions. See the complete text; below are highlights.

The following acts will be prohibited until further notice.

1. Setting, building, maintaining, attending or using open fire of any kind, except campfires and charcoal fires within approved fire pits and grills in developed recreation sites and picnic areas and permanently improved places of habitation that meet certain specifications or except as otherwise authorized. Devices fueled by petroleum or LPG products are allowed in all locations. Zion National Park does not allow any campfires, but will allow propane or gas stoves and charcoal fires.

2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, camp trailer, building, developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared to mineral soil.

3. Discharging, or using any kind of fireworks, tracer ammunition or other incendiary devices in any location on federal, state and unincorporated private lands. (Note that these acts are always prohibited on state and federal lands)

The Deseret Morning News has this article on fire and fireworks safety. Below are excerpts.

Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Scott Duncan said troopers will be out prior to July 4 and July 24, Utah's Pioneer Day, looking for people slipping in and out of Wyoming with illegal fireworks. "We encourage our citizens not to do that and to buy fireworks in our state," he said.

Fireworks are illegal in Utah if they shoot in the air higher than 15 feet or travel on the ground farther than a 10-foot circumference.

"By this time last year we had a number of fires statewide," Buehler said. A wet winter and moist spring have helped conditions, along with what he said is a more safety-conscious public...


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