- Associated Press - Saturday, June 30, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on wildfires and fire restrictions in Utah (all times local):


Federal land managers are expanding fire restrictions to counties in central Utah, meaning all public land administered by the Bureau of Land Management will soon be under fire restrictions.

The federal agency announced Saturday that the expanded restrictions will take effect Sunday. Campfires, fireworks and explosive devices will be prohibited along with any grinding, cutting or welding of metal.

Any violations are punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 along with costs associated with putting a resulting fire and rehabilitating the damaged land.

A significant portion of the state has been grappling with at least some form of drought since the beginning of the year. The latest federal map shows nearly one third of central and southeast Utah have been hit the hardest.

Red flag conditions of hot, dry and windy weather also have raised the threat of wildfire in some parts.


11:43 p.m.

Moderate weather conditions were helping fire crews as they worked to corral a wildfire that had threatened a small town in southwest Utah.

The fire burning near Minersville Town was about 30 percent contained Saturday and fire officials said they expected to boost that containment with their efforts throughout the day.

Another fire sparked by an abandoned campfire has charred 12 square miles (31 square kilometers) of national forest land in the southwest corner of the state.

Smokejumpers were working there to secure the fire’s southern flank, while hotshot crews built line along the fire’s edge where possible. They were getting help from water-dropping helicopters.

No evacuations have been ordered at any of the fires, and no injuries have been reported.

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