ST. GEORGE (News4Utah) – Hot and dry conditions are forcing people in Southern Utah to follow strict fire restrictions.
“Right now we’re in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions which means that the bar has been raised on not being able to have a fire in a campground. Anything you want to cook really needs to be done with propane,” said Rachel Carnahan, with the BLM Arizona Strip District.
No smoking, as well as no cutting or welding of metal are part of the restrictions.
As the West Valley Fire keeps burning, we now know it was caused by an abandoned campfire.
“We don’t want to see any more human-caused fires, so we are asking the public to be mindful of the restrictions,” said Carnahan.
“They’re just explosive right now with the wind and the fuels, and they’re spreading to thousands of acres, in a matter of hours and we’ve never seen that type of fire behavior before in the last several years,” said Chief Robert Stoker with St. George Fire.
The City of St. George shortened their window when fireworks are allowed to be used.
“July 2nd through the 5th, and then the 22nd through the 25th,” said Stoker.
Chief Stoker wants those who use fireworks to take extra precaution.
“Once they’re done shooting the fireworks, put them in a bucket of water, or soak them really well. Don’t just throw them in the garbage can. We have had several of those in the past few years that have ignited the garbage can if they’re up against the home, and they started the home on fire,” said Stoker.
“We do live in the desert, just part of where we live, so everyone just needs to be aware. We can still have fun, but we need to be extra safe and cautious,” said Officer Lona Trombley with St. George Police.
For firework restrictions in St. George, head to https://www.sgcity.org/publicsafety/firedepartment/fireworksrestrictions.
For additional restrictions, you can visit Utahfireinfo.gov.