Fire Restrictions Begin on the Ashley National Forest


Vernal, Utah… The Ashley National Forest is placing fire restrictions in place beginning midnight Tuesday August 11, 2020 and continuing until further notice.


These restrictions will help to reduce the potential for wildfires and provide for public safety.


“With the lack of our typical monsoon rains this year and the lack of rain in the near term forecast the Forest is dry and the potential for fires will continue to increase in the near term driving the need to restrict campfires”, stated Joseph Flores, Ashley National Forest Fire Management Officer.


Fire restrictions prohibit Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes outside a fire structure that is provided by the Forest Service, such as those provided in our developed campgrounds, or permitted developed site such as a resort. [36 CFR § 261.52(a)]


Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material. [36 CFR § 261.52(d)]


Cutting, grinding or welding metal in areas of vegetation. [36 CFR § 261.52(d)]


Operating an internal combustion engine without a properly installed USDA or SAE approved spark arresting device and operating a chainsaw without a 5 lb fire extinguisher and a shovel. [36 CFR § 261.52(d)]


The use of any exploding target device is always prohibited on the Ashley National Forest.