OGDEN -- Don't even think of using fireworks in any of the foothill areas of Weber County between now and October.
Because firefighters are already having to attack grass fires daily somewhere in the county, the Weber County, North View, Ogden and South Ogden fire departments have issued a ban on all fireworks and open fires in a huge area, basically everything east of Harrison Boulevard.
These restrictions are added to wider restrictions issued earlier by a variety of state and national agencies for much of the land administered by the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.
In the latest restriction, everything east of Harrison Boulevard between 5400 South and 3300 North, then north of 3300 North to the Ogden-Brigham Canal and north of the canal to the county line at SR-89 is included.
Grass and scrub oak grew a lot in the last several years when the winters were wet and the summers cool. This year, the extremely dry conditions have made the resulting vegetation prime fire fuel.
The lack of significant rainfall for the foreseeable future is adding to the problem.
The only exception is fires in approved fire pits and developed campgrounds.
Elsewhere in the county it is still legal to use Class C common fireworks which are sold in the county. That includes aerial devices that can go up to 150 feet in the air.
All restrictions will stay in force until October.