Dry weather prompts fire restrictions through the county

Local fire departments are mandating restrictions throughout the county because of hot and dry weather the past month which is forecasted to continue. The restrictions, which began July 15, prohibit the use of fireworks, campfires, target shooting and smoking, in many unincorporated areas.

Cache County Fire Marshal Jason Winn said the four restrictions come from the Utah State Forester, who by law can impose limitations in an effort to prevent forest and rangeland fires.

“Number one is any use of campfires needs to be within an improved campground, picnic, or a permanently improved place of habitation,” said Winn.

The second restriction limits smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area, at least three-feet in diameter.

Winn said the third restriction involves firework limitations and target shooting.

“No fireworks in unincorporated part, tracer ammunition if you are into shooting and no explosive targets.”

The firework restrictions generally apply to the east and west benches near the mountains. Residents are encouraged to contact their local fire department for specific locations.

Winn said there were several fires caused by fireworks, during the 4th of July holiday and because of the hotter and dryer weather, the possibility of fires are increasing.

“If everybody would just think about things before they do them, it would definitely help out the situation.”

The restrictions also prohibit cutting, welding, or grinding metal in areas of dry vegetation.

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