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Contact: David Eaker, 435-772-7811
Due to recent rainfall associated with the monsoon weather pattern and the subsequent reduction in the risk of wildfire, all fire restrictions in the Color Country area currently in effect in Southwest Utah and Northwest Arizona will be lifted as of 12:01 am on Thursday, August 1, 2013. This includes all lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management Arizona Strip District in Arizona, Bureau of Land Management Color Country District in Utah, USDA Forest Service Dixie National Forest (Pine Valley,Cedar City, Powell, and Escalante Ranger Districts), National Park Service jurisdictions including Cedar Breaks and Pipe Spring National Monuments, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, the National Park Service administered lands in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Bureau of Indian Affairs Southern Paiute Agency, and unincorporated state and private lands in Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, and Washington counties. Visitors are now allowed to build campfires and use charcoal grills.
While fire restrictions have been lifted in these areas, wildfire is always a risk. Caution should be exercised in using fire especially following periods of higher temperatures and/or winds as these conditions dry fuels rapidly. 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.