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Weber Fire District firefighter Shawn Palm fills his tinder with water as crews battle the Avon Fire in Ogden Valley on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. The Weber Fire District covers a range of small towns and unincorporated areas around the county. Three cities in southern Weber County are considering consolidating their fire departments.

WEBER COUNTY — New fire restrictions are in place for unincorporated Weber County and the Ogden Valley.

The restrictions went in place on Friday, July 19, for the upper Ogden Valley and for all of unincorporated Weber County east of Harrison Boulevard, according to a news release from the Weber Fire District. The restrictions will remain in place until conditions improve.

“The current weather conditions and the conditions of vegetation in the affected area have created risk of wildland fire,” Weber Fire said in the release.

All use of fireworks, campfire (primitive fire), open burning, welding, grinding and similar activities have been banned until further notice.

Campfires in approved fire pits are allowed, but that “does not mean we can let out guard down,” Weber Fire said. If a campfire in a pit gets out of control and causes a wildland fire, the individuals responsible for it may also be held responsible for the costs associated with fighting the fire.

“Conditions vary greatly throughout Weber County and it is important that everyone use good judgement when deciding to have a campfire in an approved fire pit,” the release said.

Some tips to keep campfires in fire pits safe include:

Ensuring that your campfire pit is in an area where the fire may not spread to other vegetation. A distance of 25 feet is recommended.

Keep the fire no larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height

Have a means to extinguish the fire and completely extinguish the fire when finished with activities

Have an adult supervising at all times

Contact the Weber Fire District at 801-782-3580 for more information.

Fire restrictions have been in place in place for Ogden’s east bench and wooded areas since July 11 and will last until September.

Reach city editor Jessica Kokesh at 801-625-4229 or jkokesh@standard.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKokesh.

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