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Stage one fire restrictions implemented at Uinta-Wasatch-Cache, Bridger-Teton National Forests

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Posted at 4:00 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 19:00:37-04

SALT LAKE CITY — As an active wildfire season burns through many parts of Utah, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache and Bridger-Teton National Forests have implemented stage one fire restrictions effective midnight on August 13.

Under the guidelines, campfires, fires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are only allowed at developed campgrounds.

In addition, smoking is allowed only within enclosed vehicles, buildings, developed campgrounds or at an area at least three feet in diameter with no vegetation.

Using a device that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed in cleared areas.

The new restrictions come as 1,044 wildfires have burned across Utah this year as of Tuesday. 792 of those fires have been human-caused, according to the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

Fire restrictions are implemented as officials monitor weather patterns, fire activity levels, fuel moisture, and available firefighting resources.

The restrictions are usually lifted when significant rain is received.

Visitors are reminded to exercise extra caution and care when recreating on public land during fire season.

For more information on current fire restrictions, click here.