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Current and forecasted weather conditions coupled with extremely dry conditions and heavy loading of vegetation throughout eastern Utah have created hazardous fire conditions. As a result, on Thursday June 29, 2017, all State, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and National Park Service lands and all unincorporated private lands in the following areas are under fire restrictions:• State Lands and unincorporated private lands in Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan, Uintah, Duchesne, and Daggett counties• BLM lands located in eastern Utah in Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan, Uintah, Duchesne, and Daggett counties• National Park Service including Canyonlands, and Arches National Parks and Dinosaur, Natural Bridges, and Hovenweep National Monuments• Bureau of Indian Affairs including all Ute Indian Tribe lands located within the Uintah and Ouray Indian ReservationThe restrictions will be in place until the fire hazard subsides. Maps and more specific information about the fire restrictions may be found on the interagency Utah Fire Info website.The restriction orders are specific to each agency and 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. No 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 and Ashley National Forest Service 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 about fire restrictions, wildfires, fire prevention, and fuels treatment projects, please visit www.utahfireinfo.gov
Manti-La Sal Moab/Monticello Ranger District enters Stage I Fire RestrictionsDry conditions and little rain on the southern part of the Manti-La Sal National Forest have managers worried about human-caused fires. Fire managers have decided to implement Stage I fire restrictions on the Manti-La Sal National Forest, Moab and Monticello Ranger District beginning on July 12th at 12:01 a.m. and lasting until conditions improve significantly. Stage I fire restrictions mean that open fire is not allowed outside designated Forest Service campgrounds with approved grate and grill structures installed. Open fire includes charcoal briquets and other fire devices that do not have an on/off switch. Propane-fuelled and other stoves that are controlled with an on/off switch are allowed in dispersed camping areas. Smoking will be allowed only in an enclosed vehicle or building. Please continue to be careful with fire this season, and enjoy your national forests responsibly. For further information, call the Moab/Monticello Ranger District at 435-259-7155.