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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Arizona Strip District
 
Release Date: 07/28/14
Contacts: Rachel Tueller , Bureau of Land Management Arizona , (435) 688-3303
  Jeramie Ybright , Bureau of Indian Affairs , (435) 674-9720
  Nick Howell , Bureau of Land Management Utah , (435) 865-3026
  David Eaker , National Park Service , (435) 772-7811
  Joe Harris , Dixie National Forest , (435) 865-3700
  Mike Melton , UT Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands , (435) 586-4408

Fire Restrictions to be Lifted in Portions of Southwest Utah and Northwest Arizona


Color Country Interagency Fire Managers are rescinding some fire restrictions beginning Monday, July 28 at 00:01 a.m.   The following describes the locations where restrictions will be rescinded.

Fire Restrictions Rescinded (Lifted) in the Following Locations in Southwest Utah and Northwest Arizona:

All public, tribal, state, and unicorporated privately owned lands located east of Interstate 15 in Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane Counties and all of the Arizona Strip in Northwest Arizona, including National Park Service administered lands in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.

Monsoonal moisture has affected some areas more than others in southwest Utah and northwest Arizona. This moisture is allowing fire officials to remove fire restrictions in some areas while in other areas fire restrictions remain unchanged. Wildfire risk still remains in areas not under restrictions. Visitors are encouraged to use appropriate methods to contain fires, build them in areas free of vegetation, and to be certain that fires are completely extinguished after use. Note that discharging or using any kind of fireworks or other incendiary devices in any location on federal lands is always prohibited.

The Following Restrictions Remain in Effect for Public, Tribal, State, and Unicorporated Privately Owned Lands in Washington County and West of Interstate 15 in Beaver and Iron counties.

The following acts will continue to be prohibited until further notice:

  • Setting, building, maintaining, attending or using open fire of any kind, except campfires and charcoal fires within agency approved fire pits and grills provided in developed recreation sites and picnic areas or at permanently improved places of habitation (contact Forestry, Fire and State Lands for further information). Devices fueled by petroleum or LPG products are allowed in all locations.
  • Smoking except in enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or cleared areas of a minimum of three (3) feet in diameter down to mineral soil.
  • Discharging, or using any kind of fireworks, tracer ammunition or other pyrotechnic devices.
  • Use of exploding targets that are detonated when struck by a projectile such as a bullet.
  • The cutting, welding or grinding of metal in areas of dry vegetation.

These restrictions do not apply to private lands within incorporated towns and cities.  Please contact the local fire agency for any restrictions that may apply.

The Following Exceptions Apply to Zion National Park Only:

  • Watchman Campground and South Campground in Zion National Park are closed to campfires due to the abundance of highly flammable cheatgrass.

Additional Restrictions Apply to All Forest Service Administered Lands:

  • Use of exploding targets that are detonated when struck by a projectile such as a bullet are restricted.
No Fire Restrictions are in Effect in Sanpete, Wayne, Piute, or Sevier Counties.
 
Please check with the approriate agency for further details.
 

For more information on fires in Utah visit www.utahfireinfo.gov
For more information on fires across the country, visit
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.



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Last updated: 07-28-2014