Fire restrictions begin on Friday
Current and forecasted weather conditions coupled with extremely dry conditions and heavy loading of vegetation throughout Southeast Utah have created hazardous fire conditions.
As a result, as of, July 11, 2014, all State, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and National Park Service lands and all unincorporated private lands in the following areas are under fire restrictions:
State Lands and unincorporated private lands in Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan counties
BLM lands located in south eastern Utah in Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan counties
National Park Service including Canyonlands and Arches national parks plus
Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments
The restrictions will be in place until the fire hazard subsides.
Each agency has specific restriction orders that may contain different stipulations, but all the orders have in common a prohibition of the following acts:
No campfires, except in permanently constructed cement or metal fire pits provided in developed campgrounds and picnic areas.
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.
These restrictions do not apply to the Manti-La Sal National Forest Service lands or lands within incorporated towns and cities; however, each municipality may have similar or more restrictive ordinances. 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