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Fire restrictions lifted for most Utah lands

Published September 8, 2012 8:41 pm

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State fire managers have lifted all fire restrictions on BLM, state and unincorporated private lands.

Campfires and other normally permitted activities are now permitted, authorities said Thursday.

National Forest restrictions for Utah were lifted August 2.

Cities and towns still have varying fire restrictions, so the public is advised to check with local authorities.

While the statewide fire restriction on target shooting is rescinded, the BLM still has a temporary shooting restriction in place on about 900 acres of land west of Utah Lake.

Firefighters continue to respond to wildland fires on a daily basis throughout the state, but fire danger has decreased as cooler temperatures and higher fuel moisture levels make fire spread potential lower. Caution is still advised.

State Forester Dick Buehler warns, "The danger isn't gone and fire season isn't over yet. We still need to use good safe campfire practices and everyone needs to be careful doing anything that might lead to wildfire."

The closed burn season is still in effect until Oct. 31, and anyone wishing to conduct agricultural or debris burning are still required to obtain a permit from their county fire warden or other designated county official.