Southwest Utah – Zion National Park Fire Restrictions in Place as of June 1, 2018

*Update 8/18/18 – Many fire restrictions have been lifted due to recent precipitation. Please continue to exercise caution

Here in southwest Utah and Zion National Park, we are experiencing some pretty hot and dry conditions. Because of this, fire restrictions have been implemented as of June 1, 2018.

These fire restrictions apply to all areas of Washington county, Utah – including neighboring counties.

Below is a basic outline of what you need to know:

Smoking rules – Smoking is not allowed in any place except for: 

  • An enclosed, private vehicle
  • A private building
    • keep in mind that the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act prohibits smoking inside any buildings with public access, as well as within “25 feet of any entrance/exit, open window, or air intake” on any public buildings
    • this includes smoking of any kind, including e-cigarettes
  • An area with a minimum diameter of three feet of open space cleared down to the mineral soil
    • No smoking on trails

Campfire rules Campfires are only allowed:

  • in a pit or solid ring that is at least 18 inches deep into mineral soil, or at least 18 inches in heightfree of roots or any other organic materials
    • depth must be maintained at a minimum of 18 inches by removing ash and debris
    • made of non flammable material
    • that will keep the fuel, coals, and wood contained
    • that will shield any ashes or embers from the blowing wind
  • You can have a well-controlled campfire, following the rules listed above, in developed recreation sites that are maintained by the Fire Agency, such as:
    • campgrounds
    • picnic areas
    • home sites
    • No fires, including charcoal and briquettes, outside of a fire structure in a designated area
      • Running water must be present and immediately available

Additional campfire information

  • Grills and stoves fueled by liquid petroleum are allowed
  • All fires must be at least 15 feet away, in any direction, from structures or combustible vegetation
  • All fires must be attended at all times by one person who is at least 18 years old
  • Keep a dedicated, standard size shovel available to suppress the fire
  • Whenever a fire is unattended, it must be completely extinguished and cold to the touch
  • No burning weeds, limbs, or other debris
  • No using or discharging fireworks or explosives

Anyone who is found to be responsible for unattended campfires or fires that have gotten out of control will be responsible for suppression costs and may be prosecuted.

Remember, as the old cliché saying from Smokey the Bear goes, “only YOU can prevent forest fires!”

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