County resolution implores residents to comply with fireworks restrictions
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At their June 19 meeting, the Grand County Council passed a resolution asking that the public respect the current restrictions on fireworks “including discharging or using any kind of fireworks on public or unincorporated private lands” as the Fourth of July approaches.

“Current and forecasted prolonged drought, coupled with extremely dry vegetation throughout southeastern Utah, have created hazardous fire conditions demanding extreme caution,” the resolution states.

It adds that ignited fireworks are a known cause of wildfire and that in past years, illegal fireworks have been discharged “without respect to and with disregard to other citizens’ rights, safety and welfare.”

The resolution comes as strict fire bans are being implemented across public lands. Based on those fire restrictions, no campfires are allowed anywhere on Bureau of Land Management land, in the national parks, in the national forest, on state land or on unincorporated private land in southeast Utah, including any private land that is not part of Moab City. There is to be no smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in a paved or barren area.

Gas-fueled devices such as portable stoves are permitted as long as they are operated at least three feet away from flammable vegetation.

Notably as Independence Day approaches, no fireworks of any kind are allowed.

The City of Moab has enacted its own fireworks restrictions, banning all fireworks, combustible materials or smoking within 200 feet of Pack Creek, Mill Creek and all city parks.

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