Fire Protection Order lifted for Washington County, vigilance still needed to prevent wildfires
The Color Country Interagency Fire Management issued a press release Thursday lifting the Stage 1 Fire Protection Order for all federal, state, and unincorporated land in Washington County effective 27 August. This includes Dammeron Valley and surrounding public lands.
While the restrictions are no longer in effect, the risk for wildfires remains elevated, particularly on dry and windy days that are common this time of year. Everyone is encouraged to act responsibly when lighting campfires while camping on public lands or in fire rings or fire pits on your own property.
Open burns on your property are only allowed with a burn permit, which is issued by Washington County using the online application. Given the continued dry conditions, it is not expected that burn permits will be available for the foreseeable future.
DVFR encourages all residents to visit the Wildfire information page to learn how to prepare for wildfires, and to continue to be vigilant in reducing the risk for human-caused fires. Information regarding current active fires, fire restrictions, and fire prevention is also available at Utah Wildfire Info.
As always, if you see smoke or a fire call 911 to report it immediately. Do not call DVFR directly.