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Fire restrictions in place across Southern Utah

Halfway through the month of June and a full week before the official first day of summer, fire officials in Southern Utah are implementing fire restrictions. UPR’s Chris Holmes has the details.

In light of lower-than-normal precipitation this past winter, continued higher-than-normal temperatures and persistent winds, officials from the Color Country Interagency Fire Management Area are implementing fire restrictions within the jurisdiction.

Agencies involved include the Utah Division of Forestry and other state lands in a five-county area of Southwest Utah.  Other restriction areas include BLM lands, National Parks, monuments and recreation areas, National Forest lands and land administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Southwest Utah and along the Arizona strip.

The restrictions generally outlaw the setting, building, maintaining, attending or use of open fires.  Campfires and use of charcoal is allowed in some developed camping areas. 

The restrictions do not apply to incorporated towns and cities.