The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has temporarily banned campfires and target shooting with a firearm in its wildlife management areas to help prevent wildfires during extreme drought conditions.
Faith Jolley, DWR’s public information officer, said Wednesday’s order went into effect immediately and will be in effect until the conditions improve.
The affected WMAs in the Cache Valley area include Hardware Ranch, Millville-Providence and Richmond.
Jolley said the order came because the DWR wanted to be proactive and protect wildlife from potential wildfires. Target shooting was included because when the conditions are this dry, any kind of spark can lead to a wildfire. Read the rest of the story on HJnews.com.
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