Due to increasing human-caused wildfire activity, dry conditions and high fire danger in southwest Utah and northwest Arizona, Color Country Interagency Fire Managers are implementing additional fire restrictions beginning Wednesday at midnight.
Restricted lands are in Washington, Iron, Beaver, Kane, Garfield, Mojave and Coconino Counties. This includes:
- Unincorporated privately owned and all state administered lands (Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands). Incorporated towns and cities are not included in these restrictions.
- Bureau of Land Management (Utah/Arizona strip)
- Dixie National Forest (Pine Valley, Cedar City, Powell and Escalante Ranger Districts).
- National Park Services (Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Pipe Springs National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument.
- Bureau of Indian Affairs (Trust Lands of the Shivwits, Cedar, Indian Peaks, and Kaibab Band Reservations).
The following acts are prohibited until further notice.
- Igniting, building, maintaining or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes, outside a fire structure provided by the agency within a designated area is prohibited. Campfires and charcoal fires are prohibited in Zion National Park’s Watchman and South Campgrounds. All developed recreation sites, campgrounds, picnic areas and home sites that are maintained and administered by the agency or home sites where running water is present are allowed. Stoves or grills that are fueled solely by liquid petroleum fuels are also allowed. Campfires and charcoal fires are allowed in Zion National Park’s Lava Point Campground. In Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, campfires are also permitted below the high water mark of the lake in areas devoid of vegetation. (Holders of Forest Service Special Use Authorizations are exempt from restriction #1; provided such fires are within a fire structure and are within their permitted area.)
- Discharging or using any kind of fireworks on unincorporated private land (always prohibited on state and federal lands)
- Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order
- Detonating of explosives, incendiary or chemical devices, pyrotechnics or exploding targets or tracer ammunition (always prohibited on federal land).
- Cutting, welding or grinding of metal in areas of dry vegetation
- Smoking except in an enclosed vehicle or building or a developed recreation site or areas of a minimum of three feet in diameter cleared down to mineral soil.
Officials would like to remind the public that lands not included in restrictions are becoming increasing dry and fire danger is increasing daily.
Always remember to make sure your campfire is completely out before you leave and all ignition sources are a safe distance away from vegetation to mitigated unwanted wildfires.