PRICE, Utah Aug. 22, 2018—Cooler wetter weather has eased the concerns of Manti-La Sal National Forest officials, who lifted fire restrictions on the Ferron-Price and Sanpete Districts today. They remain cautious about dry vegetation on the Forest and urge everyone to use extra care with campfires.
Prompted by high fire danger on the Forest, the districts first issued the restrictions July 3, prohibiting the use of fires and charcoal grills outside of a Forest Service fire structure. As they lift the campfire and grill restrictions they remind people that fireworks, exploding targets and tracer ammunition are always prohibited on the Forest.
“If you are building a campfire, use extra caution,” said Forest Law Enforcement Officer Scott Watson. “Although we have had some good wetting storms, things are still really dry on the Forest. Remember all the rules for safe campfires.”
Use existing fire rings when possible. If you must build a fire ring – build away from hanging branches; clear away any vegetation down to the soil; line with rock. Use sticks and logs that are not larger than the fire pit. Stay With Your Campfire — Be sure someone is near it, watching it at all times. Put your campfire out – COLD. Drown it. Stir it. Check it. Repeat.
“Enjoy your campfire,” said Watson. “But remember, most of the human caused wildfires on the Forest are caused by unattended campfires.”
All objectives have been met on the Oak Grove Fire and the Central Utah Type 3 team has turned the fire back to the Dixie National Forest. With no fire spread for several days and minimal internal fire activity, crews and engines are being released from the fire. As some smoke will remain visible inside the fire’s perimeter, the Dixie National Forest will continue to patrol the fire and adapt operations as necessary until a fire season-ending weather event occurs.
Across the fire, crews will monitor the fire’s perimeter to locate and extinguish any heat near the fire’s edge and back haul all unneeded fire suppression equipment. On the western edge of the fire crews completed a handline; today they will continue mop-up and fire suppression repair work. Firefighters will continue on the eastern edge of the fire perimeter working on fire suppression repair on the handline in steeper terrain to prevent soil erosion.