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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Be Aware Of Utah Fire, Fireworks Restrictions

Fire and fireworks restrictions are going into effect in much of southern Utah, as officials try to prevent wildfires.

Zion National Park issued this news release on the subject. Below are highlights:

The following acts will be prohibited in Zion National Park until further notice starting Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 12:01 a.m.
  • Setting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire or charcoal fire in Watchman and South Campgrounds, all picnic areas, or permanently improved places of habitation. Stoves fueled by petroleum, liquid Propane Gas (LPG) are allowed. Wood and charcoal fires are allowed at Lava Point Campground.
  • Smoking on all trails. Smoking is allowed within an enclosed vehicle, a developed recreation site or designated smoking area.
  • Discharging, or using any kind of fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices, is prohibited at all times on all federal public lands.
BLM West Desert District Implements Fire Restrictions

BLM issued this news release concerning implementation of fire restrictions beginning June 20, 2014, on BLM-managed lands in Tooele, Utah, Salt Lake, Rich and Box Elder Counties.

The West Desert District fire prevention order prohibits using steel-core, steel-jacketed, tracer or incendiary ammunition; sky lanterns or balloons and similar devices; and operating off-highway vehicles without spark arrestors. A key provision of this order also extends to possession of fireworks and exploding targets, which should be left at home when visiting public lands. The fire restriction on steel ammunition will be in effect through Sept. 30, 2014. All other fire restrictions will remain in effect until rescinded.

Other Areas
The United Fire Authority has this information on fireworks and open burning restrictions throughout Utah. Check it to learn about restrictions where you will be traveling.

As we approach the July 4th holiday, fireworks will be restricted or prohibited in many areas where wildfire danger is high.

Wildfires are now burning in several spots around Utah. At this writing they are not impacting major highways or recreational areas, but that could change at any time. Watch this blog and check locally to discover conditions when you plan to travel.

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