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State, federal agencies implement fire restrictions along southeast Utah rivers


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State and federal agencies have implemented fire restrictions on three major river ways in southeastern Utah.

Hot weather has dried vegetation along the waterways and raised the potential for wildfires in the designated areas, indicated the United States Bureau of Land Management, the Utah Division of Forestry and the U.S. National Park Service.

The river corridors that placed under fire restrictions by the state and federal agencies include:

•The Green River.

The restricted area ranges from Swasey Beach to the confluence with the Colorado River.

•The Colorado River.

The restricted area runs from the Colorado-Utah border to Hite Marina and through Canyonlands National Park.

•The San Juan River.

The restricted area ranges from Bluff to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Until rescinded by the state and federal agencies, the acts prohibited on the designated areas, roads and trails include:

•Setting, building, maintaining, attending or using open fire of any kind except as otherwise authorized.

The restrictions include charcoal.

Devices fueled by petroleum or liquid propane gas (LPG) products are allowed in all locations.

•Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, camp trailer or building.

Smoking is also allowed while people are stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared to mineral soil.

•Discharging, or using any kind of fireworks, tracer ammunition or other incendiary devices in any location on federal lands.

The actions in question are always prohibited on federal lands.

•Operating a motorcycle, chainsaw, all-terrain vehicle or other types of small engines without an approved and working spark arrester.

All other fire restrictions or necessary exemptions to the guidelines will be handled through local permits issued by the responsible agencies, pointed out the BLM, NPS and Utah Division of Forestry.

Commercial river outfitters may continue to have fires contained in pans on open beaches as specified in permits, concluded the state and federal agencies.

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