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Update: Fire Restrictions Rescinded in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument

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Date: August 20, 2018
Contact: Mary Plumb, 928-608-6202

Fire managers urge caution as wildfire danger still exists.

GLEN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, UT/AZ – Fire managers have rescinded fire restrictions in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Color Country Interagency Fire Managers rescinded fire restrictions on unincorporated private lands, state lands, and federally administered public lands in southwest Utah. After receiving recent precipitation, long-range weather forecasts are calling for improved wildfire danger conditions. The restrictions were rescinded starting on Monday, August 20 at 00:01 a.m. on all lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Color Country District, USDA Forest Service Dixie National Forest, National Park Service jurisdictions including Cedar Breaks and Pipe Spring National Monuments, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, and  Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Bureau of Indian Affairs Southern Paiute Agency, and unincorporated state and private lands in Washington, Iron, Beaver, Kane, and Garfield counties.

“Regardless of fire restriction status, permits for any debris burning are always required and strictly enforced,” said Mike Melton, Fire Management Officer for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands.

While fire restrictions have been lifted in these areas, wildfire is always a risk. Visitors are encouraged to use appropriate methods to contain fires, build them in areas free of vegetation, and to be certain that fires are completely extinguished after use. Fire officials also caution against possessing, using, igniting, or detonating fireworks and exploding targets on federally administered public lands as these acts are always prohibited, even when fire restrictions are not in effect.

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Fire Restrictions Eased Summer 2018

Date: August 16, 2018

Due to lower fire danger, fire managers have relaxed fire restrictions that were imposed on July 4. The park is returning to Stage One Fire Restrictions. The restrictions on campfires are eased, allowing campfires in designated areas.  

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1. Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes, outside a fire structure provided by the agency within a designated area is prohibited. All debris burning is strictly prohibited.
    Campfires are allowed in all developed recreation sites, campgrounds, picnic areas, and home sites that are maintained and administered by the agency, or home sites where running water is present are allowed. Stoves or grills that are fueled solely by liquid petroleum fuels are also allowed. In Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, campfires are also permitted below the high water mark of the lake in areas devoid of vegetation. 
  2. Discharging, or using any kind of fireworks on unincorporated private land (always prohibited on state and federal lands).
  3. Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order as determined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practices J335 and J350.
  4. Detonating of explosives, incendiary or chemical devices, pyrotechnics, or exploding targets, or tracer ammunition (always prohibited on federal land).
  5. Cutting, welding, or grinding of metal in areas of dry vegetation.
  6. Smoking except in an enclosed vehicle or building, or a developed recreation site or areas of a minimum of three (3) feet in diameter cleared down to mineral soil.

Fire restrictions in state parks and incorporated city areas vary by location, check with local officials. For more specific information go to

Last updated: August 20, 2018

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PO Box 1507
Page, AZ 86040


(928) 608-6200
Receptionist available at Glen Canyon Headquarters from 7 am to 4 pm MST, Monday through Friday. The phone is not monitored when the building is closed.

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