Fire restrictions implemented in Washington County and the Arizona Strip

Watchman at Zion | Photo courtesy of Zion Lodge

Due to high fire danger in southwest Utah and northwest Arizona, Color Country Interagency Fire Managers are implementing fire restrictions on all public lands and unincorporated state and private lands in Washington County, Utah, and all BLM-administered public lands within the Arizona Strip district in Coconino and Mohave Counties in Arizona.

Restrictions also include all Bureau of Indian Affairs administered trust lands on the Shivwits Band and Kaibab Band Reservations, Pipe Spring National Monument, and all Forest Service administered lands on the Pine Valley Ranger District beginning Friday, June 1 at 1 a.m.

These restrictions do not apply to incorporated towns and cities.  However, towns and cities may impose their own restriction orders. Please contact your city fire department for more information.  Zion National Park additionally is restricting campfires and charcoal fires in the Watchman and South Campgrounds in Zion Canyon, but will allow propane or gas stoves.

The following acts will be prohibited until further notice:

1. Setting, building, maintaining, attending or using open fire of any kind, except campfires and charcoal fires within agency-approved fire pits and grills provided for in developed recreation sites and picnic areas or under permanently improved places of habitation (contact Forestry, Fire and State Lands for further information).  Devices fueled by petroleum or LPG products are allowed in all locations.  In Zion National Park, campfires are not allowed in the park generally except in designated areas and are specifically prohibited by this restriction in Watchman and South Campgrounds in Zion Canyon.  Propane or gas stoves are permitted.

2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, camp trailer, building, developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared to mineral soil.

3. Discharging or using any kind of fireworks, tracer ammunition or other incendiary devices in any location on federal, state and unincorporated private lands.  (Note that these acts are always prohibited on state and federal lands)

4. The cutting, welding or grinding of metal in areas of dry vegetation on federal, state and unincorporated private lands in Washington County and outside of an enclosed building on the Arizona Strip.

All other fire restrictions or necessary exemptions to the restrictions will be handled through local “permits” issued by the responsible agency for that purpose.

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