Dry conditions in southwest Utah prompted state officials to implement fire restriction on lands in southwest Utah beginning Friday.
The majority of lands impacted are in Washington, Iron, Beaver, Kane and Garfield counties, according to a joint news release from state fire officials, including the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, the Bureau of Land Management, Dixie National Forest, the National Parks Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The restrictions mean people are no longer allowed to ignite, build or maintain a fire outside a fire structure and are prohibited from burning trash. Discharging fireworks and detonating explosives or like devices also are banned during the restricted period, as well as using an internal or external combustion engine without a spark arrested device.
Cutting, welding and grinding metal is prohibited in areas with dry vegetation. People also cannot smoke, unless they are in an vehicle, building or developed recreation sites that have been cleared of vegetation down to the soil, according to the press release.
The following lands are affected:
- Unincorporated privately owned lands and all state administered land, like those under the control of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.
- Bureau of Land Management lands, as well as the Henry Mountains area in Wayne County.
- Dixie National Forest, including the Pine Valley, Cedar City, Powell and Escalante ranger districts.
- National Parks Service lands, including Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Pipe Springs National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument.
- Bureau of Indian Affairs lands, such as trust lands of the Shivwits, Cedar, Indian Peaks and Kaibab Band reservations.
Incorporated towns and cities are not included in the restrictions. Any restrictions for those municipalities would be handed down from the local fire department.
The restrictions don’t ban campfires, so long as they are are in developed recreation sites, campgrounds, picnic areas and home sites that are maintained and administered by one of the aforementioned government agencies. Campfires at home sites where there is running water are also allowed. Stove and grills fueled only by liquid petroleum also are OK, according to the release.
The agencies warned that lands not included in the restrictions are still at risk of fire danger, especially as the summer weather became incredibly dry and more people head outdoors.