Fire restrictions in place for Utah, Arizona

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SOUTHERN UTAH — Due to recent fire activity, dry conditions and high fire danger in southwest Utah and northwest Arizona, Color Country Interagency Fire managers have implemented fire restrictions which are in effect until further notice.

Unincorporated privately owned and all state-owned lands in Washington County and portions of Iron, Beaver and Mohave counties

This includes all of Washington County and lands west of Interstate 15 in Iron and Beaver counties.

The following acts will be prohibited:

  • Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes, outside a fire structure that is provided by the agency within a designated area is prohibited. All developed recreation sites, campgrounds, picnic areas, and permanent places of habitation that are maintained and administered by the agency or homeowner, and have a permanent fire structure are allowed. Stoves or grills that are fueled solely by liquid petroleum fuels are also allowed
  • Devices fueled by petroleum or liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, products are allowed in all locations
  • Smoking except in enclosed vehicle or building, or a developed recreation site or cleared areas of a minimum of three 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
  • Cutting, welding or grinding of metal in areas of dry vegetation

The following lands are affected by the fire restrictions:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs – trust lands of the Shivwits, Cedar, Indian Peaks, and Kaibab Band Reservations
  • Bureau of Land Management land in Utah and the Arizona Strip
  • Dixie National Forest – Pine Valley Ranger District
  • National Park Service – Zion National Park and Pipe Springs National Monument
  • Unincorporated privately owned and all state administered lands including Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands

Lands not in fire restrictions:

  • 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.
  • All public, state, and unincorporated privately owned lands east of Interstate 15 in Iron and Beaver Counties are not currently in fire restrictions.

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

A fire prevention and high fire danger closure order has been issued for the monument effective Friday at 1 a.m. The following acts are prohibited:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire with any wood or charcoal burning device.
  • Smoking outside of an enclosed vehicle or outside in any area that is not cleared of all flammable material for at least three (3) feet.  Disposal of cigarettes/cigars in anything other than a vehicle’s ashtray or in a developed area’s ashtray.
  • Welding or use of any torch or metal cutting equipment.
  • Use of flares or other incendiary devices.
  • The use of fireworks is prohibited at all times on all public lands.
  • Activities that are allowed include using portable stoves with gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel.
  • Persons that are exempt include anyone with a permit authorizing the activity and any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Fire managers warn that lands not under fire restrictions are becoming increasingly dry and fire danger is rising daily.

In areas where fire restrictions are not in place, please ensure your campfire is completely out before you leave. Keep all ignition sources a safe distance away from vegetation to prevent unwanted wildfires. Fireworks are always prohibited on state and federal land.

To learn where fire restrictions are in effect in Arizona, visit www.firerestrictions.us/az.

Forest visitors may also call the Kaibab National Forest fire information phone line at (928) 635-8311 for current conditions.

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