Color Country Fire Mitigation urges caution as firefighting resources are strained

SOUTHERN UTAH – As critical fire conditions continue to prevail and the Fourth of July Holiday is upon us, Nick Howell, fire mitigation and education specialist with the Bureau of Land Management, Color Country Interagency Firefighters, issued a statement last night asking the public’s care and awareness to prevent human caused fires. He said:

As we celebrate Independence Day in extreme fire danger conditions, please help fire managers prevent additional wildfires from igniting, The Black Mountain Fire is consuming a large portion of the fire suppression forces in southern Utah.

“Because of the high commitment of many interagency resources to the Black Mountain Fire, it’s imperative that we keep a high level of awareness to acts that may contribute to property damage, and risk to human life during this extreme fire danger situation,” Mike Melton, fire management officer for the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, said.

There are multiple prevention measures we can take to mitigate human caused fires this year, Melton said, especially during times that fireworks are readily available.

Color Country Fire Managers are engaged in a busy fire season and will be until heavy precipitation is received.  Preventing human caused fires is the first step to keeping wildfire damage from happening.  Everyone can assist in this effort.

St. George News offers its Fire and fireworks restrictions guide, Southern Utah 2013, detailing restrictions and permissions throughout the region and including related post links and resources which provide many things that can be done to help prevent wildfires.

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