Utah Officially Enters Annual Fire Season, Closure to Open Burning


State of Utah Department of Natural Resources Press Release

Utah’s official fire season begins and the open burning season officially ends each year on May 31. Fire danger will increase rapidly as warmer and drier weather develops. So far, tests are showing that despite the rainy May, moisture levels in heavier fuels are below average. Lighter fuels will continue to dry out as summer progresses. As of today, June 1, open burning is prohibited without a permit.

The closed fire season does not impact campfires or backyard fireplaces in areas where they are normally allowed; however, caution is advised with any burning. Campfire restrictions on public lands are not currently in effect, but much of the state is in a persistent drought condition. Fire danger may increase to levels requiring bans in certain areas as the season progresses depending on conditions.

As the summer recreation season gets underway, fire managers from the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs are promoting the message of fire prevention.

Fire restriction announcements, fire safety tips and resources for preparing homes and property for wildfire are available at www.utahfireinfo.gov. Follow Utah’s wildland fire agencies @UtahWildfire.

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