Ute Indian Tribe Issues 2021 Fire Restriction Order
By Kristin Forbis, Jun 9, 2021
The Ute Indian Tribe has implemented fire restrictions for all lands located within the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation. The Ute Business Committee made the motion to implement the order on Monday and it is considered in effect until rescinded. The Order states that fire conditions are currently “extremely hazardous, constituting a threat to life, property, and the Tribe’s natural resources.” The following are restricted: Setting, building, maintaining, attending, or using open fires of any kind, except campfires within developed and improved campground or improved places of habitation; Discharging or using any kind of fireworks, tracer ammunition, exploding targets, or other pyrotechnic devices; Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order; Cutting, welding or grinding metal in areas of vegetation. There are some permissible acts including smoking in areas clear of flammable vegetation. Cigarettes and matches must be properly extinguished before disposal. The only people exempt from the Order are federal or firefighting forces in the performance of an official duty and religious leaders involved with a cultural or religious event.