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New restrictions go into effect Monday as wildfires burn

Posted at 7:05 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 09:05:52-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Fire crews are battling three wildfires in Tooele County as high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds make for dangerous fire conditions for the next few days.

The "Big Springs Fire" is the largest - burning nearly three-thousand acres since starting Sunday morning.

Officials say like most of the fires in Utah this year, it was human-caused.

Firefighters had it about 20-percent contained Monday morning.

The "North Delle Fire" has burned about 500 acres and is 80-percent contained.

And the "mile marker 48" fire is only about one acre.

Some fire prevention restrictions went into effect Monday.

From now through September 30, the use of steel core, jacketed and tipped ammunition of any caliber is prohibited on BLM managed land in northwestern Utah.

That`s on top of the year-round restrictions on fireworks and exploding targets, among other things.

Fireworks are illegal in Utah until July 2, and some cities have even stricter rules, so check with your local government.

Officials recommend having water, a shovel and a fire extinguisher handy whenever you recreate.

Utah fire officials say 10 wildfires started on Saturday alone, and so far this year, 92-percent of wildfires were started by people.

Even though most were accidents, officials say they were all preventable.