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Wildfire Updates: Mandatory evacuations for Aspen Cove in Scofield extended

Bureau of Land Management announces more fire restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management is expanding fire restrictions on agency-managed lands in Utah this week.

Restrictions will expand for Juab, Millard, Sanpete, Sevier, Wayne and Piute counties on Wednesday, and all other BLM-managed lands will see restrictions expand on Friday, the agency said. Restrictions on BLM lands in southern Utah that were already put in place will also continue.

“Given the extreme drought conditions, human-caused fires are the biggest threat to public lands right now, which makes using Fire Sense critical to our communities and businesses that rely on public lands,” BLM Utah State Director Greg Sheehan said in a news release.

Campfires will be banned on BLM lands except in permanent cement or metal fire pits in agency-managed campgrounds and picnic areas, the release said.

Smoking, welding and operating internal combustion engines will also be banned on BLM lands. Using explosives, including exploding targets, and fireworks will also be prohibited.

— Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com

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