OGDEN — A new statewide fire restriction order has been issued that adds all unincorporated private and state lands in Utah to areas where fireworks and open fires cannot be used.
Weber County Fire Marshal Ted Black said the order is from the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. It prohibits fireworks of all sorts, open fires in anything but an improved campground fire pit, and smoking anywhere except in an enclosed vehicle or on a plot of ground cleared to bare soil for three feet in all directions.
Last week all the fire departments in Weber County issued a joint restriction for all areas east of U.S. Highway 89 and Harrison Boulevard from 5400 South going north to 3300 North, then along the base of the mountains. Other cities have also issued individual restrictions.
The statewide ban takes in all other unincorporated private and state lands, especially including bench areas where there are any dry weeds, trees or grasses.
Fire officials are issuing the restrictions because several years of plentiful rain, and few fires, have left hillsides covered in highly volitile weeds and trees. This year’s extremely dry summer has made fire conditions extremely dangerous.
Any violations should be reported immediately to the local police or fire dispatch center.