High Fire Danger Prompts Fire Restrictions in Southeast Utah

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Press Release

Current and forecasted weather conditions coupled with extremely dry conditions and heavy loading of vegetation throughout Southeast Utah have created hazardous fire conditions. As a result, as of, July 1, 2016, all State, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and National Park Service lands and all unincorporated private lands in the following lands are under fire restrictions.

  • State Lands and unincorporated private lands below 7000 feet in Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan Counties
  • BLM lands below 7000 feet in southeastern Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan Counties
  • National Park Service including Canyonlands and Arches national parks plus Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments

The restrictions will be in place until the fire hazard subsides.

Each Agency has specific restriction orders that may contain different stipulations, but all the orders have in common a prohibition of the following acts.

  1. No campfires, except in permanently constructed cement or metal fire pits provided in developed campgrounds and picnic areas.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area that is paved, barren or cleared to mineral soil.

In addition, metal cutting, welding and grinding activities in areas of dry vegetation as well as discharging, or using any kind of fireworks, firing steel tipped/core ammunition, tracer ammunition or other pyrotechnic devices including exploding targets are prohibited on BLM and State/Private Unincorporated lands.

These restrictions do not apply to the Manti-La Sal National Forest lands or lands within incorporated towns and cities; however, each municipality may have similar or more restrictive ordinances. Questions about specific areas should be directed to local authorities.

For more information including copies of the closure orders and maps showing the restrictions and affected areas, please visitwww.utahfireinfo.gov.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.
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