DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah (News4Utah) – Firefighters battling the explosive Dollar Ridge Fire are asking people to “give them a break.” Instead of lighting fireworks, find another way to celebrate the 4th of July holiday.
Due to extremely dry conditions, Duchesne County is one of many areas in Utah under a firework restriction, but that doesn’t mean all firework use is banned.
Fireworks are banned in all unincorporated private and all state lands in the area. The order does not affect private lands within incorporated towns or city limits.
News4Utah’s Brittany Johnson asked “with a fire burning more than 40,000 acres that has zero percent containment, why are fireworks being allowed at all?”
“That’s a great question for some of the places allowing fireworks,” answered Jason Curry, with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands. “Every municipality, city, town, is allowed to restrict fireworks or allow fireworks.”
If caught lighting fireworks in a restricted area, violators can spend up to six months in jail and pay a fine of up to $1,000.
“I think a lot of people have made that decision to say ‘I’m going to do without my fireworks,’ and certainly, that takes some of the risks down. Everybody’s got their agency to do what they want but give us a break out there and be safe,” Curry said.
And remember, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the day without setting off fireworks.
“We got parades, we got concerts, all kinds of things going on. Take advantage of some of those opportunities and lay off the fireworks for us,” said Curry.
For complete details on firework and camp fire restrictions in your area, click here.