On Sept. 5 the Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, National Park Service and State of Utah lifted bans on federal, state and unincorporated private lands in Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan counties.
The BLM’s Moab, Monticello and Price field office also lifted the bans, as did the NPS including Canyonlands and Arches national parks, and Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments. The Forest Service’s Moab and Monticello ranger districts of the Manti-La Sal National Forest are also included in the action.
“Fire managers are very pleased with the positive response and public cooperation in adhering to this year’s fire restrictions,” said a cooperative statement from the agencies. “Your cooperation helps save lives and property. We are still in fire season and vegetation may once again dry out as fall approaches, so it is still important to take precautions and practice fire safety.”
Hot exhaust pipes and sparks from vehicles and campfires are some of the most easily preventable causes of wild fire. “Please carry a shovel, water, a bucket or a fire extinguisher when working or camping on public lands. Always drown and stir fires to ensure they are completely out before leaving camp. Keep vehicles in good working order, stay on designated roads and trails to avoid igniting dry vegetation with hot exhaust, and keep all chains and straps secured so they don’t drag on the ground and cause sparks,” said the joint press release.
Other areas in the state may still have fire restrictions regarding campfires, fireworks and using steel core/jacketed ammunition. Fire Prevention Order UT910-14-001 is permanently in effect for all BLM lands in the state and prohibits the use/discharge of any kind of fireworks, explosives, incendiary, chemical devices, pyrotechnics and exploding targets. For more information about fire restrictions, wildfires, fire prevention, and fuel treatment projects, visit the Utah Fire Information website.