SALT LAKE CITY — Wasatch County has enacted a ban on fires and fireworks, including municipalities that in the past have been exempt from such bans.
According to a statement posted on Facebook, the only campfires now allowed in Wasatch County are those fires set in a Forest Service-improved campground in a certified pit.
Fireworks in Wasatch County
Right now, fireworks that are scheduled for Wasatch County include those for July 4th on Memorial Hill, and at the Charleston Park, the Demolition Derby, and the Wasatch County Fair Days Rodeo for Utah’s July 24th celebrations. These fireworks will go forward as scheduled because they will be set by certified pyrotechnicians.
Fire and fireworks bans elsewhere in Utah
On Tuesday, June 8, Utah Governor Spencer Cox issued an executive order banning the use of fireworks on all state and unincorporated private lands.
We haven’t ruled out the possibility of a statewide ban on fireworks.
— Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox (@GovCox) June 8, 2021
As the tweet from Gov. Cox mentions, the state has not yet ruled out a statewide ban on fireworks.
As of Friday, June 18, restrictions are also in place for all Utah land overseen by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as a means to prevent human-caused wildfires.
These restrictions on BLM land include:
- No campfires using charcoal, solid fuel, or any ash-producing fuel, except in permanently constructed cement or metal fire pits located in agency-developed campgrounds and picnic areas. Examples of solid fuels include but are not limited to wood, charcoal, peat, coal, Hexamine fuel tablets, wood pellets, corn, wheat, rye, and other grains.
- No grinding, cutting, and/or welding of metal.
- No smoking except within an enclosed vehicle, covered areas, developed recreation sites, or while stopped in a cleared area of at least three feet in diameter (10 feet in areas managed by the Moab and Monticello field offices) that is barren with no flammable vegetation.
- No operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order as determined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practices J335 and J350. Refer to Title 43 CFR 8343.1.
- The non-commercial use/discharge of explosives of any kind, incendiary or chemical devices, pyrotechnic devices, exploding targets, pressurized containers or canisters, and binary explosives.
- The use/discharge of any kind of fireworks as defined by this order.
More information at Utah Fire Info
Utah Fire Info has a comprehensive and up-to-date listing of all of the fire restrictions in place in Utah right now.
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