TOOELE COUNTY (ABC4 News) – A recent prevention order on visiting areas in Tooele County where nearly 150 firefighters battled a large wildfire on Stansbury Island has been rescinded.
The original fire started Saturday, May 30, 2020, but on Monday a new start occurred on private land at the north-end of Stansbury Island, called the North Stansbury Fire. The North Stansbury Fire was then burned into the Tabby Canyon Fire.
Officials said the Tabby Canyon Fire, 6,848 acres, was caused by an exploding target. The cause of the North Stansbury Fire, 5,336 acres, is still under investigation but both fires were human-caused, according to officials.
The Bureau of Land Management West Desert District reopened BLM-managed public lands on Stansbury Island after originally placing a prevention order on the area. Fire crews will patrol and monitor the area over the next couple of days and the public is advised to use caution when visiting the area due to the recent burn.
The prevention order restricted public entry, target shooting, camping, and unnecessary traffic in the land surrounding the fires, including north of Interstate 80 on Stansbury Island, and land bounded by the Great Salt Lake to west, north and east; all in Tooele County, Utah.
All other BLM prevention orders remain in effect. These include a year-round prohibition on fireworks, exploding targets, tracer and incendiary (tracer) ammunition, sky lanterns or similar devices, and operating off-highway vehicles without spark arresters.
From June 15 through September 30, the use of steel-core, steel-jacketed, or steel-tipped ammunition are prohibited. Prevention orders are posted to blm.gov, utahfireinfo.gov, and on signs where BLM-managed lands are accessed.
BLM said it has been a very hot and dry spring in the west desert, which has increased the potential for wildfire and wants to remind the public to use caution and be prepared to prevent wildfires. The BLM recommends keeping water, a shovel, and a fire extinguisher handy during the dry summer months.
For more details on the prevention order, contact the BLM West Desert District Office at 801-977-4300. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (DD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question.