Fire managers lift all fire restrictions; enjoy campfires with care

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SOUTHERN UTAH — Due to recent rainfall and reduced fire danger conditions, Color Country Fire Managers have lifted fire restrictions Saturday morning on public and unincorporated private land in in Washington, Iron and Beaver counties; and on public land in Coconino and Mohave counties and Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Arizona. These include tribal, state-administered and federal lands, including national parks.

Fire managers said the public’s awareness of wildfire potential throughout the fire restriction period in 2016 has reduced the number of human-caused fires.

Restrictions were lifted at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. No other fire restrictions on public or unincorporated land are currently in effect for southwest Utah or northwest Arizona.

People are allowed to build campfires and use charcoal grills but are urged to use caution as wildfire is always a risk. Use appropriate methods to contain fires, build them in areas free of vegetation, and to be certain that fires are completely extinguished after use.

Be particularly careful using fire following periods of higher temperatures and winds as these dry out vegetation rapidly.

Burning debris is still prohibited. Fire danger remains a threat to southwest Utah in August-October until winter moisture is received.

Discharging, or using any kind of fireworks, tracer ammunition or other incendiary devices at any location on state and federal lands is always prohibited.

More information on fire restrictions in Utah can be found here. Arizona’s restrictions can be found here.

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