SPRINGDALE, Washington County — Starting at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, campfires in Zion Canyon and smoking in vegetated areas will be prohibited due to high fire danger.
Late winter and early spring rains have led to an abundant crop of invasive grasses, which are now curing and becoming extremely flammable, park officials said in a statement. Campfires will still be allowed at the higher elevation Lava Point Campground. Stoves and grills fueled by petroleum fuels such as propane, butane or white gas will be allowed.
Until further notice, the following acts will be banned:
• Setting, building, maintaining, attending or using a campfire (including charcoal) in campgrounds (excluding Lava Point Campground), picnic areas or permanently improved places of habitation.
• Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or a developed recreation site clear of vegetation or other areas devoid of vegetation with a minimum of 3 feet in diameter down to mineral soil.
• Discharging or using any kind of fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices.
Violations are punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, 12 months in jail or both.
For more information, call 435 772-3256.