Northern Utah Elk and deer hunters, frequently plagued by bad weather, may also be denied the comfort of campfires because of fire restrictions in many areas.
So far, northern Utah has been lucky enough not to suffer a Yellowstone-type fire, but officials believe the tinder-dry forests pose a serious danger, so a vastly enlarged fire restriction went into effect Tuesday morning.Dale Bosworth, supervisor of Wasatch-Cache National Forest, and State Forester Dick Klason ordered a fire restriction for all land belonging to the state government, private individuals or the national forest, within the boundaries of Cache, Rich, Morgan, Summit, Box Elder, Weber, Davis and Salt Lake counties.
The exception is the High Uintas Wilderness. Also included in the restriction is Wasatch-Cache National Forest land in Uinta County, Wyo.
The restriction was ordered earlier for state, private and Forest Service land within Uinta National Forest boundaries in Utah, Juab and Wasatch counties. It is still in effect.
"The order restricts open fires to designated campgrounds and picnic areas," said forest spokesman Neal Riffle. Smoking is prohibited except in vehicles, developed recreation sites, residences and areas cleared of combustible material for at least three feet in diameter.
"We regret the inconvenience to our forest visitors, especially with the elk and deer hunts coming up," Bosworth said.