The hot and extremely dry conditions in northern Utah have state and local fire officials so concerned they are issuing a fire restriction order.
According to a statement provided by the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire and State and State Lands and the Cache Country fire District, the following acts are prohibited until further notice.:
1. The setting, building, maintaining, attending or using open fires of any kind, except within the facilities designated for them in improved campgrounds, picnic areas or home sites where running water is present.
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, trailer or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area that is paved or free from dry vegetation.
3. Discharging or using any kind of fireworks, tracer ammunition or other pyrotechnic devices including exploding targets.
4. Cutting, welding or grinding metal in areas of dry vegetation.
5. Operating a motorcycle, chainsaw, ATV, or other small internal combustion engine without an approved and working spark arrestor.
Any of the above acts is a violation of state law and punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
The following persons are exempted from the above prohibitions:
1. Persons with a permit or waiver specifically authorizing a specified act at a specified location.
2. Any on-duty firefighter in the performance of an official duty.
All unincorporated private and all state lands within Box Elder, Cache and Weber counties.
This order does not affect private lands within incorporated towns or city limits