For the convenience of hunters, all Uinta National Forest campgrounds will be open during the elk and deer hunts. However, because of the cold weather, water will be turned off.

Dispersed-camping areas in Hobble Creek and Salt Creek canyons that have been closed to overnight camping will be temporarily opened to accommodate the heavy demand for dispersed camping during the elk and deer hunts.Forest officials reminded recreationists that horses are not permitted in developed campgrounds. Dogs must be kept on leashes, and all garbage must be carried out.

Numerous roads have been designated as open to off-highway vehicle use. These routes will be signed and posted, said Loyal Clark, spokeswoman for the Uinta National Forest.

Hunters are advised to obtain Travel Plan Maps and ATV opportunity guides, available at the Heber, Pleasant Grove, Spanish Fork and Provo offices of the Uinta National Forest.

Fire conditions are still critical. Hunters are asked to pay special attention to the fire closure still in effect. This closure prohibits any open fire outside of a developed campground or picnic area. Smoking is also prohibited unless within a developed recreation site, enclosed motor vehicle, or an 18-inch diameter spot that has been cleared to mineral soil. Citations will be issued for violations of the closure.