As our state begins to loosen the restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington County has seen a dramatic increase in outdoor recreation activities. In addition to the increased number of hikers and visitors to our state and local parks, we have seen an increase in the use of recreational vehicles throughout our communities. During recent interactions we have found there was an opportunity to educate the community regarding laws governing the operation of both “Street Legal” and traditional Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs). Based where and what equipment you are operating, the rules and laws likely vary. It is your responsibility as the operator to know and follow the local regulations. In this article we will attempt to cover some of the most common questions.
During recent times our community has been forced to adapt to changes resulting from the Covid-19 Pandemic. The Sheriff’s Office has also adapted to better serve the members of our community, while doing our best to follow CDC guidelines. Unfortunately Covid-19 has not completely deterred criminal activity. In order to accommodate police reports which do not require the physical presence of a deputy, we have introduced our online reporting system. For more information, visit our web page to learn what types of incidents can be reported online from the safety of your home.https://news.washeriff.net/public-services/wcso-online-reporting/
Moderated fire danger indices and improved weather conditions have resulted in reduced wildfire hazard. As a result, all fire restrictions set in place on Monday, July 2, 2018 within the areas described below are rescinded beginning July 19, 2018 at 0001 hours. Restrictions outlined below that were put in place on June 1, 2018 are still in effect for the affected areas.
Firefighters in Washington County are still battling the West Valley Fire (Pine Mountain) as Independence Day quickly approaches. The lack of moisture has created extremely dry conditions in Southwest Utah. In order to further prevent the ignition of forest and rangeland fires, a fire restriction order has been issued by the Utah State Forester. The order addresses All unincorporated private and all state lands within Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane and Washington Counties. This order does not affect private lands within incorporated towns or city limits. Read more
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has received the following update regarding the active wildfire known as the West Valley Fire near Pine Valley. Please review the following information before heading to the area for recreational purposes. We would also like to remind the public that restrictions will be in place for the operation of unmanned aircraft (drones) throughout the operation. Violations may include jail and /or fines.