Fire Restrictions Imposed In Southern Utah
In southern Utah conditions are dry this year and wildfire danger is high. People traveling and engaging in recreational activities are encouraged to use care and obey fire regulations.
At this writing, three significant wildfires are burning in Utah. They are not interfering with travel or recreation in major tourism locations but may at times cause closures in some specific areas. These fires are listed below:
- Lackey Fan Fire - 3 mile northwest of the community of La Sal, southeast of Moab.
- Dark Canyon Fire - Just south of Gooseberry Guard Station, on the edge of Dark Canyon Wilderness Area. If you hope to hike/backpack in the Dark Canyon area, contact BLM to find current conditions.
- Rock Creek Wildfire - In the Book Cliffs, about 15 miles east of East Carbon City.
Officials have now imposed fire restrictions throughout southern Utah, and similar restrictions will probably be imposed soon in northern Utah. Basically, open fires are prohibited everywhere except in approved fire pits in developed campgrounds. Smoking is prohibited except in vehicles, buildings and developed recreational areas that offer areas cleared of brush.
All kinds of fireworks, tracer ammunition and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited in developed campgrounds and backcountry areas.
Many communities will probably ban fireworks from foothill areas.
This new article has details about fire restrictions.
Watch the Utah Fire Info website for details about active fires, and for tips and safety rules.