Officials are making the proactive move in response to higher fire danger and an anticipated busy spring fire season. Already this year, several escaped debris burns have spread onto public lands as well as neighboring private land threatening homes and the safety of the public. Fuel moisture tests have shown that the light and medium fuels are drier than normal. The drier grasses and brush are not only easier to ignite, but more challenging to extinguish once they are ignited.
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 (UCA 65a-8-211). The closed season is scheduled to end October 31, and as long as conditions permit, yard, debris and field burning will once again be allowed.