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FILE - Due to dry conditions and unseasonably warm weather, state fire officials in southwest Utah have recommended an extension of the “closed fire season” this year in unincorporated areas of Washington, Iron, Garfield, Kane and Beaver counties.

ST. GEORGE — Due to dry conditions and unseasonably warm weather, state fire officials in southwest Utah have recommended an extension of the “closed fire season” this year in unincorporated areas of Washington, Iron, Garfield, Kane and Beaver counties.

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According to the Utah Department of Natural Resources, the annual closure, which normally ends on Oct. 31, will instead extend until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Until that time, burning debris in the unincorporated areas of those five counties is not allowed without a permit.

Officials are taking the precaution in response to higher fire danger and anticipated warmer, drier weather.

Violation of the closed fire season is a class B misdemeanor and can result in a fine of up to $2,500 and one year in jail. During the closure, permits to burn yards, debris or fields may still be considered on a case-by-case basis.