Fire restrictions expanding across southwest Utah, northwest Arizona

SOUTHERN UTAH — Due to recent fire activity, dry conditions and high fire danger in southwest Utah and northwest Arizona, Color Country Interagency fire managers are expanding fire restrictions beginning Tuesday at 12 a.m. until further notice.

Unincorporated privately owned and all state-owned lands in Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane and Washington counties (Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands)

The following acts will be prohibited:

  • Setting, building, maintaining, attending or using open fire of any kind, except campfires and charcoal fires within agency approved fire pits and grills provided in developed recreation sites and picnic areas or at permanently improved places of habitation (contact Forestry, Fire and State Lands for further information). 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
  • The cutting, welding or grinding of metal in areas of dry vegetation

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.

Dixie National Forest, Cedar City and Powell Ranger Districts

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 forest service within a designated area (all developed recreation sites, campgrounds and picnic areas) that is maintained and administered by the forest service, shown on the current forest visitor maps, and have a permanent fire structure). Stoves or grills that are fueled solely by liquid petroleum fuels are allowed in all locations.
  • Smoking outside an enclosed vehicle or building unless stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is clear of all flammable materials.

These restrictions were enacted earlier and remain in effect for the Pine Valley Ranger District.

The National Park Service including Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Pipe Spring National Monument, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

The following acts will be prohibited:

  • Igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire outside a fire structure that is provided by the National Park Service within a designated area, (agency approved fire pits and grills provided for in developed recreation sites and picnic areas). Stoves or grills that are solely fueled by liquid petroleum fuels are allowed in all locations.
  • Smoking outside an enclosed vehicle or building unless stopped in an area at least three (3) feet in diameter that is clear of all flammable materials.
  • Note that discharging, or using any kind of fireworks, tracer ammunition or other incendiary devices in any location on federal lands is always prohibited.

The following exceptions apply to Zion National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area only:

  • Watchman Campground and South Campground in Zion National Park are closed to campfires due to the abundance of highly flammable cheat grass
  • Campfires and charcoal fires will continue to be allowed in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area below the high waterline in areas devoid of vegetation

Bureau of Land Management Color Country District in Utah including administered lands in Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, and Washington counties, including the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and the Arizona Strip District, Arizona

The following acts will be prohibited:

  • No campfires, except in permanently constructed cement or metal fire pits provided in developed campgrounds and picnic areas.
  • 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.
  • Grinding, cutting and welding metal in areas of dry vegetation.
  • Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.
  • Detonation of fireworks and exploding targets/devices (Fire Prevention Order No. UT910-13-002).

Permissible Acts:

  • Devices fueled by petroleum or liquid petroleum gas in all locations.
  • Charcoal burning in developed campgrounds or picnic grounds within permanent fire rings or grills constructed of metal or concrete. In undeveloped camping locations, charcoal must be set in metal pans in areas clear of flammable vegetation within three diameter feet.

These restrictions do not apply to Sanpete, Wayne, Piute, or Sevier Counties.

Bureau of Indian Affairs administered trust lands of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah in Washington and Iron Counties and of the Kaibab Paiute Tribe in Mojave County, Arizona :

The following acts will be prohibited:

  • Setting, building, maintaining, attending or using open fire of any kind, except campfires and charcoal fires within agency approved fire pits and grills provided in developed recreation sites and picnic areas or at permanently improved places of habitation. Devices fueled by petroleum 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 (3) 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
  • The cutting, welding or grinding of metal in areas of dry vegetation

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