The state forester is restricting a number of activities today that could cause a new fire on unincorporated private and state lands.
The restrictions came down because of the current foreseen hot and dry weather conditions, combined with the amount of dry vegetation throughout the state, according to a news release from the Utah Department of Natural Resources. Today, the following activities are not allowed on any private and state lands outside of incorporated cities:
* There can be no open fires of any kind, unless it is a campfire in a provided improved campground, picnic areas or permanent, improved place of habitation.
* No one is allowed to smoke within 3 feet of a barren area, unless inside an enclosed vehicle or building or in a developed recreation area.
* The state forester forbids discharging any fireworks, tracer ammunition or other pyrotechnic device. Shooters also cannot use any steel-jacketed or steel-core ammunition of any caliber.
* Cutting, welding or grinding metal in areas of dry vegetation is also forbidden.
* The forester also banned exploding targets that are detonated when struck by a projectile, such as a bullet.
Violating any of these restrictions is punishable as a class B misdemeanor, which carries a sentence of up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The only people exempt from these restrictions are those who have a permit that specifically authorizes the banned activity at a specific location, as well as any certified peace officer, fire officer or firefighter performing an official duty.