SOUTHERN UTAH – Due to dry conditions, fire officials in southwest Utah are implementing the “closed fire season” early this year in unincorporated areas of Washington, Iron, Garfield, Kane and Beaver counties. The closure, which normally starts on June 1, will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday. Once the closure begins, debris burning without a permit will no longer be allowed in the unincorporated areas of those five counties.
Officials are making this proactive move in response to higher fire danger and an anticipated busy spring fire season. Already this year, several escaped debris burns have spread onto public lands as well as neighboring private land, threatening homes and the safety of the public. Fuel moisture tests have shown the light and medium fuels are drier than normal. The drier grasses and brush are not only easier to ignite but more challenging to extinguish once they are ignited.
Violation of the closed fire season is a class-B misdemeanor and can result in a fine of up to $2,500 and one year in jail.
The closed season is scheduled to end Oct. 31. At that time, yard, debris and field burning will once again be allowed as long as conditions permit.
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