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.”
Due to steep, rocky terrain, lack of access by ground, and predicted weather, aircraft are being used to moderate fire behavior. Fire management staff will continue suppression actions via aviation assets to slow fire spread and reduce intensity when necessary. The fire will continue to be monitored by ground and air resources to gauge spread towards any areas of concern.
Fire will continue to be monitored by ground and air resources to gauge spread towards any areas of concern. Due to steep, rocky terrain, lack of access by ground, and predicted weather, any suppression actions taken will be via aviation assets to slow fire spread and reduce intensity if necessary. If the fire continues to move to areas where access for firefighters is safer, additional ground resources may be ordered to take more direct suppression actions utilizing trails and other natural features.