“Rapidly increasing fire danger” leads to new restrictions in Utah
“Rapidly increasing fire danger” leads to new restrictions in Utah

ST. GEORGE – New fire protection restrictions are currently in place in southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona as the region faces a “rapidly increasing fire danger” as summer begins.

Shortly after midnight Friday, Stage 1 fire restrictions went into effect on nearly all federal, state and unincorporated private lands in Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane and Washington counties. The only exceptions are areas of the Fishlake National Forest in Beaver and Garfield counties.

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In the affected areas, liquid oil-powered equipment can still be used, but campfires and open flames are prohibited except in “campgrounds and residential areas improved and maintained by the agency.” Running water is also required on non-incorporated private lands and in cabins and residential areas.

Other restrictions include:

  • Smoking is prohibited near vegetation or outside recreational areas, private vehicles or buildings.
  • No use of exploding targets or tracer ammunition.
  • No cutting, grinding or welding in areas with dry vegetation. Acetylene torches are also subject to this ban.
  • Do not operate any device without a properly maintained spark arrester.
  • No setting off of fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices outside of an approved urban area. By law, setting off fireworks is only permitted from July 2 to 5 and from July 22 to 25.

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By Isla