Rainfall reduces wildfire risk in Color Country; multi-agency restrictions lifted

SOUTHERN UTAH – Due to recent rainfall and a subsequent reduction in wildfire risk, all fire restrictions currently in effect in the Color Country area of southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona will be lifted as of 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 1.

This includes all lands overseen by the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the USDA, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, along with unincorporated public and private lands.

Visitors are now allowed to build campfires and use charcoal grills, but open burning is not permitted until after Oct. 31. Violations are a class B misdemeanor and agencies are aggressive with the prosecution of offenders.

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.

While fire restrictions have been lifted in these areas, wildfire is always a risk and restrictions may be put back in place at any time. Visitors should exercise caution in dealing with any type of fire, especially following periods of high temperatures and winds, as these conditions dry fuels rapidly.

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Submitted by: Color Country Interagency Fire Management and Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

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