Fire bans across Utah

Posted at 7:55 PM, Jun 04, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-05 09:57:33-04

FARMINGTON, Utah -- Firefighters are going door-to-door in neighborhoods here, warning residents of extreme fire danger.

"It's imminent," Farmington Fire Chief Guido Smith told FOX 13 on Monday. "Obviously, this season is a lot different than some past seasons that we've had."

Tall grasses in the foothills have dried out, and they're ready to burn.

"We worry about it all the time because of that big fire we had several years ago," said homeowner Neal Bernson, who lives on the east bench of Farmington.

As temperatures heat up, governments are implementing fire bans. In Washington County, officials have prohibited fires and things that can spark them on federal, state and unincorporated county lands.

Federal agencies have also implemented bans throughout much of southern Utah. The Bureau of Land Management put a ban in place on federal lands in southeastern Utah and the Color Country area.

In Farmington, Smith said city leaders have prohibited fireworks and open burning in some places. Other cities are expected to follow suit in the coming weeks leading up to the Fourth of July and Pioneer Day, when fireworks are allowed in Utah.

"As of June 1, there's no burning in the parks. No fire pits," Smith said. "During the 14 days of fireworks, there will be no discharging of fireworks east of the identified boundaries."