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Uinta Wasatch Cache National Forest Officials want people to understand the critical need to exercise caution while recreating on local Forest Service lands. With resources stretched thin across the west, less will be available should critical needs arise locally.

*** PRESS RELEASE August 25, 2020 ***

On August 13, 2020, officials with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache (UWC) National Forest implemented fire restrictions aimed at preserving public health and safety and reducing the potential for human caused fires.  Given the dramatic increase in wildland fires across the west, and especially in California, resources to fight those fires are stretched to their limits.  UWC officials want all of us to understand that should there be a critical fire locally, they would have difficulty attacking that fire with the same number of firefighters and the same amount of equipment and resources as they have other fires here over the past few weeks.  Consequently, it is incumbent upon each of us to exercise extreme caution when recreating in our local canyons and within the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

In terms of National Wildland Fire preparedness there are five levels.  Forest officials tell us we are at Level 5.  The attached documents outline what those five preparedness levels are, what the restrictions are, and what factors drive the implemented restrictions. Please understand this information before you make plans to enjoy the outdoors.

The restrictions that were implemented, and which continue, are as follows:  "Under the restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campgrounds.  The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles, buildings, in developed campgrounds, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material.  Using a device that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed in areas that are clear of flammable materials."

For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office.

(801)404-1912 - Cell (Best)

(801)851-4333 - Office

Twitter: @SGTCannonPIO or @UCSO

Email: jamesc@utahcounty.gov

Documents

National Wildland Fire Preparedness Levels

Level 1 Fire Restrictions

Fire Restrictions News Release

Fire Restrictions Fact Sheet