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Fog, sooty air prompt open burn ban across 6 Utah counties

Fog, sooty air prompt open burn ban across 6 Utah counties

(Luke Franke, KSL, File)



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say dense fog and air pollution are combining to create hazardous conditions in the Salt Lake City area.

The National Weather Service posted a hazardous weather outlook through Wednesday due to fog in western Utah and southwest Wyoming.

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality put pollution levels of particulate dust and soot at unhealthy for sensitive people due to an ongoing weather inversion.

It invoked a ban on burning solid fuel in fireplaces or wood burning stoves, as well as open burning including fire pits and campfires.

Restrictions by county

Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Tooele, Salt Lake, Weber Counties: Solid fuel burning devices, such as fireplaces and wood burning stoves, are banned from being used. Open burning is prohibited, including bonfires, charcoal grill fires, fire pits, fire rings, patio pits and campfires. Residents are asked to reduce vehicle use by consolidating trips.

Utah County: Residents have been asked to voluntarily not use solid fuel burning devices, reduce/stop open burning, and reduce vehicle use by consolidating trips.

Carbon, Duchesne, Uintah, Washington Counties: None

Check for the latest restriction updates at air.utah.gov.

Contributing: KSL.com

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