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A REMINDER TO HUNTERS: NO OPEN FIRES IN N. UTAH

State and federal fire officials have issued a reminder as the fall hunting season approaches: Open fires are prohibited in northern Utah.

State Forester Dick Klason and Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management officials closed northern Utah to open fires of any kind to prevent wildfires. The ban includes charcoal briquettes, portable barbecues and fire pans. Propane stoves are permitted."Fire danger continues to be critical throughout Utah," Klason said. "Temperatures have stayed high and precipitation has stayed low. We are asking hunters to remember that open fires, including warming fires, are prohibited."

Fires in northern Utah are allowed only in constructed fireplaces within designated campgrounds. Smoking is banned except in vehicles, boats, developed recreation sites, residences or on paved roads. Fireworks are banned.

The fire restriction covers all lands in Box Elder, Weber, Davis, Morgan, Rich, Cache, Tooele, Salt Lake, Utah and Wasatch counties. The restriction also includes the portion of Summit County north and west of the Mirror Lake Highway and the northeast corner of Juab County as far south as Nephi.