Fire managers lift restrictions in several Southern Utah, Arizona counties

ST. GEORGE — Due to recent rainfall and reduced fire danger conditions, Color Country Fire Managers are lifting all fire restrictions on tribal, federal, state administered, and unincorporated private land in Washington, Iron, and Beaver counties. This includes National Park Service land, as well as BLM-administered land in Coconino and Mohave counties and the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.

Lifted restrictions are effective at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. No other fire restrictions on public or unincorporated land are currently in effect for southwest Utah or northwest Arizona. Visitors are now allowed to build campfires and use charcoal grills.

Fire managers want to thank the public for being aware of wildfire potential throughout the fire restriction period, as human caused fires have been minimal for most of 2016.

Even though fire restrictions are being lifted, wildfire is still always a risk. Caution should be exercised in using fire, especially following periods of higher temperatures and winds, as these conditions dry vegetation rapidly. 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.

Throughout the months of August to October, fire danger will remain a threat to southwest Utah communities and should be viewed as such until winter moisture is received. Therefore, debris burning is not permitted.

Also, discharging or using any kind of fireworks, tracer ammunition or other incendiary devices at any location on state and federal lands is always prohibited.

For further fire restriction information, go the Utah Fire Information website or the Arizona Fire Restrictions website.

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