Wildfire Danger Increases on the Ashley National Forest

Release Date: Jun 13, 2018  

Vernal, Utah … Dry conditions currently exist across the Ashley National Forest and are moving towards historic highs, leading to increased wildfire danger.
Fire danger on the Ashley National Forest is “Very High”.  Currently there are no fire restrictions on the Ashley National Forest but may be required in the near future.
Minimal snowpack last winter in some locations and a dry spring are contributing to the increased wildfire danger being seen across the Ashley National Forest.
Ashley National Forest Fire Management Officer, Joe Flores stated, “Visitors and campers recreating on the Ashley National Forest in June and over the Fourth of July weekend should never leave campfires unattended, ensure they are “dead-out”, cold to the touch, prior to leaving your campsite and the use of all fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on the Ashley National Forest regardless of weather conditions or holidays.
Propane stoves can be used by dispersed campers as an alternative to campfires to reduce the risk of sparking a wildfire.  
Remember to have a bucket and shovel with you, as you cut your firewood this summer.
Don’t park in tall dry grass as hot vehicles can potentially start a wildfire. 
If you are target practicing please carry a shovel and a bucket and monitor your backstop area to ensure a fire is not sparked by your bullets. 
Please be careful with fire as you recreate on the Ashley National Forest this summer.  One careless act can change the character of the areas we love for generations to come.
The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
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