Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Monday, June 27, 2005

Wildfires Hinder Travel

Wildfires in southwestern Utah have caused road closures and otherwise hindered travel. Restrictions on fireworks and campfires are expected around the state as vegetation dries out under summer heat.

Residents of the small town of New Harmony were evacuated for a time, and are on notice they may have to leave their homes again if wind turns the fire back toward them. The fire has closed I-15 intermittently, frustrating travel. The area is located south and west of Cedar City and I-15 is the main artery between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.

Residents of Gunlock, west of St George, have been allowed to return to homes after another fire forced their evacuation. That fire blocked travel on secondary roads.

Other fires may also cause travel problems. Details

In southwestern Utah, open fires will probably be restricted to fire pits in developed campgrounds – campfires will not be allowed in backcountry areas.

Statewide, fireworks are prohibited in recreation areas and national forests, including campgrounds, and will probably be prohibited in the foothills above many cities and towns.

Check with local officials about specific regulations in areas you plan to visit.

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