Fire Restrictions Issued for Much of Utah

Fire Restrictions Issued for Much of Utah

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Sammy Linebaugh reportingBecause of the dry, hot weather several fire restrictions are in place throughout the state.

At least six wildfires are burning throughout Utah this morning. The series of new blazes has prompted authorities to issue fire restrictions.

State and federal fire officials say there is high fire danger throughout much of the state, and despite Pioneer Day just around the corner, they have banned the use of fireworks.

The only fires allowed are campfires within approved fire pits, campgrounds and picnic areas.

Devices fueled by petroleum or liquid propane gas are allowed. Smoking is prohibited, except in cars, camp trailers and buildings at developed recreation areas.

The biggest wildfire -- the West Gilson blaze -- has charred 15-thousand acres in central Utah. It's 40 percent contained. Crews expect to have it fully contained sometime today.

The Dammeron Fire, burning 12 miles north of St. George, has grown to seven-thousand acres. It is actively burning to the east, heading toward Dixie National Forest and away from any communities.

The blaze was started by lightning Friday. It's now 20 percent contained. One uninhabited cabin has been destroyed.

The two-thousand acre Frisco fire, ten miles northwest of Milford, is 30 percent contained. That fire isn't posing a danger to any homes, but an important radio communication site is threatened.

A wildfire in Uintah County came dangerously close to a community near Vernal, yesterday. Winds shifted the direction of the Dry Fork Fire, threatening five structures. Crews and air tankers dropped water on it to fight the flames.

So far, its burned 500 acres.

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