Fire, fireworks restrictions issued for Gunlock, Quail Creek, Sand Hollow state parks

WASHINGTON COUNTY – With the Independence Day holiday weekend at hand and the threat of wildfires ever present (or already burning), a new round of fire restrictions has been announced. This time they apply to the three state parks that comprise the Sand Hollow Complex.

The complex includes the Gunlock, Quail Creek and Sand Hollow state parks.

“There’s no fireworks, no fires allowed, even in the campgrounds in a contained fire range,” Park Ranger Stephan Studebaker said, and added charcoal fires are also banned for the time being.

The only thing state park officials are allowing are gas grills and stoves that have flames that can be readily turned off.

The restrictions will remain in place until further notice, echoing fire restrictions set in place over the region and the state overall.

“All three (reservoirs) are going to be open and very busy this weekend,” Studebaker said. “Sp please stay safe. Wear your helmets and wear your life jackets.”

Restrictions in brief: for the Sand Hollow Complex

  • No fireworks.
  • No fires at all – even in campsite fire pits.
  • No charcoal fires.
  • Gas grills and stoves are allowed.

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