The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) West Desert District issued a fire prevention order to announce seasonal fire restrictions. These restrictions apply to BLM managed lands within the counties of Box Elder, Cache, Juab, Millard, Morgan, Rich, Salt Lake, Summit, Tooele, Utah, Wasatch and Weber.
“The 12 counties identified in the fire prevention order contain 86% of Utah’s population and have a significant wildland urban interface,” said Michael Gates, BLM West Desert District Manager. “While we have received record snowfall and rain over the last seven months, we expect warmer temperatures to dry out the large grass crop and rapidly increase fire danger. We ask that all visitors to public lands be diligent in preventing wildfires.”
From June 27 until rescinded, the fire prevention order prohibits:
The use of steel component ammunition
The use of steel component targets
Sky lanterns or similar devices
Operating off-highway vehicles without spark arresters
The BLM asks target shooters to know their ammunition before visiting public lands. Ammunition packaging may not indicate the presence of steel in the bullet, especially in military surplus and foreign-made ammunition. To determine whether a bullet contains steel, test with a magnet. Orange or red painted tips may indicate tracer ammunition which can ignite flammable substances, such as dry grass, upon contact.
BLM statewide fire prevention order, UT 910-21-001, prohibits fireworks, explosives of any kind and tracer and incendiary ammunition year-round. To prevent a wildfire:
Fully extinguish campfires and avoid building fires when winds are 15 mph or higher
Avoid target shooting in hot, dry and windy conditions
Choose a target shooting backstop free of rocks and dry grass – any bullet hitting rocks can create a spark
Avoid cutting, welding or grinding metal in areas of dry vegetation
Keep trailer chains lifted above the ground – dragging chains can create sparks
Avoid parking a hot vehicle over dry grass
Maintain tires, wheels and bearing on trailers to prevent mechanical failure
Check off-highway vehicle exhaust system yearly to ensure the spark arrester is mounted securely and is qualified
Fully extinguish and properly dispose of cigarettes
BLM prevention orders can be viewed online at https://go.usa. gov/xJUac, on utahfireinfo. gov and on signs where BLMmanaged lands are accessed. The public is reminded to use caution and be prepared to prevent wildfires when visiting public lands. Please keep water, a shovel and a fire extinguisher handy during the dry summer months. In the event of a fire, please call 911.
For more details on the prevention order, contact Nathan Hunter, West Desert District Fire Mitigation and Trespass Specialist, at 801-320-8345.