Fire restrictions take effect at Midnight Thursday in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation area.
Hot temperatures and no moisture have created a dangerous situation. So the BLM is imposing stage one fire restrictions. This means campfires are allowed in fire grates in developed campgrounds only. Also, smoking is not permitted outdoors, and a there is a ban on fireworks and welding for the area.
In addition, any off–road vehicle must have a spark arrester. Officials say they've already lost one of the few cottonwood stands in the canyon lands to a fire. The fire restrictions are for the McInnis area only.
The restrictions are in place until further notice. If hot and dry conditions persists, fire officials may move into Stage Two restrictions which would mean no campfires, even in developed campgrounds.