The risk of “catastrophic forest fires” puts restrictions on Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery and Uintah counties

Bear fire. Photo: Geoff Liesik, Bureau of Land Management

UTAH, June 12, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) – The Bureau of Land Management announced that the Level 1 fire restrictions on Friday the 18th reduced the continuing potential for catastrophic forest fires.

“There are currently three major forest fires in eastern Utah that are being fought by cross-agency incident management teams,” said a BLM statement. “Persistent drought conditions and forecasts that require persistent hot, dry weather combined with strong winds make it very likely that new fires will increase rapidly.”

Restrictions, detailed below, include prohibitions in areas such as smoking, campfires, open use of fuel, metalwork, and the use of explosives, including exploding targets, pressurized containers, and fireworks.

Penalties for prohibited conduct may include a fee of $ 1,000 and the cost of fighting a resulting fire.

Census map with affected counties marked

According to the order signed on Friday, June 11th, the following acts are forbidden:

  • Do not use campfires that use charcoal, solid fuels, or other ash-producing fuels, EXCEPT in fixed cement or metal fireplaces found on government campsites and picnic areas. Examples of solid fuels include, but are not limited to, wood, charcoal, peat, coal, hexamine fuel pellets, wood pellets, corn, wheat, rye, and other grains. Devices with a shut-off valve operated with petroleum or liquefied gas are permitted at all locations if there is a diameter of at least one meter, sterile and without combustible vegetation.
  • Smoking, except in closed vehicles, covered areas, developed recreational areas or while staying in a cleared area at least one meter in diameter that is sterile and has no combustible vegetation
  • Grinding, cutting and welding of metal
  • Operating or using an internal combustion engine without a spark arrester that is properly installed, maintained, and in good working order as specified in the Society of Automotive Engineers recommendations J335 and J350. See title 43 CFR 8343.1
  • The non-commercial use / discharge of explosives of any kind, incendiary or chemical devices, pyrotechnic devices, exploding targets, pressurized containers or canisters and binary explosives
  • The use / discharge of fireworks of any kind in accordance with the order

Individuals who violate the order can face fines of up to $ 1,000 as well as costs related to fire fighting and remediation after a fire.

This order supersedes all previous orders affecting BLM managed lands in Counties Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery and Uintah. The order remains valid until it is revoked.

Fire restrictions in the Green River District 2021

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