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NOTICE: Fireworks Restricted (Unincorporated Iron County)

Restrictions for Iron County:
The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1. Detonating of fireworks, explosives, incendiary or chemical devices, pyrotechnics, or exploding targets, or tracer ammunition (always prohibited on federal land).

Please see the attached press release.

65A-8-212. Power of state forester to close hazardous areas — Violations of an order closing an area.
(a) If the state forester finds conditions in a given area in the state to be extremely hazardous, “extremely hazardous” means categorized as “extreme” under a nationally recognized standard for rating fire danger, he shall close those areas to any forms of use by the public, or to limit that use, except as provided in Subsection (5).
(b) The closure shall include, for the period of time the state forester considers necessary, the prohibition of open fires, and may include restrictions and prohibitions on:
(i) smoking;
(ii) the use of vehicles or equipment;
(iii) welding, cutting, or grinding of metals;
(iv) subject to Subsection (5), fireworks;
(v) explosives; or
(vi) the use of firearms for target shooting.
(c) Any restriction or closure relating to firearms use:
(i) shall be done with support of the duly elected county sheriff of the affected county or counties;
(ii) shall undergo a formal review by the State Forester and County Sheriff every 14 days; and
(iii) may not prohibit a person from legally possessing a firearm or lawfully participating in a hunt.
(d) The State Forester and County Sheriff shall:
(i) agree to the terms of any restriction or closure relating to firearms use;
(ii) reduce the agreement to writing;
(iii) sign the agreement indicating approval of its terms and duration; and
(iv) complete the steps in Subsections (1)(d)(i) through (d)(iii) at each 14 day review and at termination of the restriction or closure.
(2) Nothing in this chapter prohibits any resident within the area from full and free access to his home or property, or any legitimate use by the owner or lessee of the property.
(3) The order or proclamation closing or limiting the use in the area shall set forth:
(a) the exact area coming under the order;
(b) the date when the order becomes effective; and
(c) if advisable, the authority from whom permits for entry into the area may be obtained.
(4) Any entry into or use of any area in violation of this section is a class B misdemeanor.
(5) The state forester may not restrict or prohibit the discharge of fireworks within the municipal boundaries of a city, town, or metro township.

Ryan Riddle
Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands
Iron County Fire Warden
646 North Main
Cedar City Utah, 84721
(435) 590-4714 cell

*Outdoor Burning Suspended* Thursday 5/16/2019 due to an approaching cold front and associated high winds

All-Please do not allow outdoor burning Thursday 5/16/2019 06:00 – midnight. 

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Interactive NWS Alert
New event: Wind Advisory for Iron County, UT
Sent via email and SMS at 323 pm MDT, May 15th 2019

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Radar valid at 333 pm MDT, May 15th 2019

alert legend

Northern Wasatch Front-Salt Lake and Tooele Valleys-
Southern Wasatch Front-Great Salt Lake Desert and Mountains-
Castle Country-San Rafael Swell-Sanpete/Sevier Valleys-
West Central Utah-Southwest Utah-South Central Utah-
Glen Canyon Recreation Area/Lake Powell-
Including the cities of Brigham City, Ogden, Bountiful,
Salt Lake City, Tooele, Lehi, Provo, Nephi, Wendover, Snowville,
Price, Castle Dale, Emery, Green River, Hanksville, Manti,
Richfield, Delta, Fillmore, Beaver, Cedar City, Milford, Kanab,
Escalante, and Bullfrog
323 PM MDT Wed May 15 2019


The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a Wind
Advisory, which is in effect from 9 AM to 10 PM MDT Thursday.

* AFFECTED AREA…The Wasatch Front, western and central Utah
valleys, Castle Country, San Rafael Swell, and south central
Utah. The Wind Advisory also includes the Great Salt Lake, Utah
Lake, and Lake Powell.

* WINDS…South 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph, becoming
northwest during the evening.

* TIMING…Developing mid-morning Thursday, and increasing through
the afternoon hours, before diminishing during the evening.

* IMPACTS…Strong crosswinds may affect travel, especially for
high profile vehicles and those towing trailers, on east-west
routes. These include Interstates 80 and 70, Highways 6 and 50.
Boaters on area lakes and reservoirs should consider postponing
plans due to the threat of high winds and waves Thursday.


A Wind Advisory means that sustained wind speeds of at least 31
mph or gusts of 45 mph are expected. Motorists in the advisory
area should be prepared for sudden gusty cross winds which can
make driving difficult.

The strong winds will create dangerous boating conditions on area
lakes. These winds will create very choppy water and generate
large waves which could capsize or swamp small craft. For your
personal safety, operators of small craft are urged to postpone
outings until the winds subside.

Ryan Riddle
Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands
Iron County Fire Warden
646 North Main Cedar City Utah, 84721
cell (435) 590-4714