Knolls Fire closure order rescinded

Public may re-enter BLM-managed lands in the Lake Mountains


West Valley City, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) West Desert District has reopened BLM-managed public lands in the Lake Mountains following 100% containment of the Knolls fire. Fire crews will patrol and monitor the area over the next couple of days and the public is advised to use caution when visiting the area due to the recent burn.

Public may re-enter BLM-managed lands in the Lake Mountains

The fire prevention order restricted public entry, target shooting, camping, and unnecessary traffic in the land surrounding the fire, including:

  • South of Israel Canyon on the east side of the Lake Mountains,
  • East of the ridgeline of the Lake Mountains,
  • North of the Soldier Pass County Road (approximately mile marker 15 on Highway 68),
  • West of Utah Lake; all in Utah County, Utah.

All other BLM fire prevention orders remain in effect. These include a year-round prohibition on fireworks, exploding targets, tracer and incendiary (tracer) ammunition, sky lanterns or similar devices, and operating off-highway vehicles without spark arresters. From June 15 through September 30, the use of steel-core, steel-jacketed, or steel-tipped ammunition are prohibited.

Prevention orders are posted to,, and on signs where BLM-managed lands are accessed. It has been a very hot and dry spring in the West Desert District, which has increased the potential for wildfire; the public is reminded to use caution and be prepared to prevent wildfires when visiting public lands. The BLM recommends keeping water, a shovel, and a fire extinguisher handy during the dry summer months. 

For more details on the prevention order, contact the BLM West Desert District Office at 801-977-4300. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (DD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

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