State, federal agencies
impose fire restrictions
Current and forecasted weather conditions along with extremely dry conditions and heavy loading of vegetation throughout Southeast Utah have created hazardous fire conditions. As a result, beginning 12:00 a.m. June 27, all State, Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service lands and all unincorporated private lands in the following areas will be under the fire restrictions:
BLM and State Lands and unincorporated private lands in Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan counties
Forest Service Lands on the Manti-La Sal National Forest, Moab and Monticello Ranger Districts
The restrictions will be in place until the fire hazard subsides.
These restrictions do not apply to lands within incorporated towns and cities; however, each municipality may have similar or more restrictive ordinances.
Fire managers from the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, BLM and US Forest Service came to the mutual decision on Friday.
Each agency has specific restriction orders that may contain different stipulations, but all the orders have in common a prohibition of the following acts:
1. Setting, building, maintaining, attending or using open fires of any kind, except campfires built within the facilities provided for them in improved campgrounds, picnic areas or residential structures. *A more restrictive closure has been imposed for the Pack Creek Picnic and Recreation Area where ALL campfires and charcoal are prohibited during the restriction.
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area that is paved, barren or cleared to mineral soil.
In addition, metal cutting, welding and grinding activities in areas of dry vegetation as well as discharging, or using any kind of fireworks, firing steel tipped/core ammunition, tracer ammunition or other pyrotechnic devices including exploding targets are prohibited on BLM and State/Private Unincorporated lands.
Questions about specific areas should be directed to local authorities.
For more specific information including copies of the closure orders and maps showing the restrictions and affected areas, please visit www.utahfireinfo.gov