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State fire officials are warning of a drier-than-normal summer as the beginning of June ushers in the official start of Utah's fire season.

Jason Curry of the Department of Natural Resources said Friday marked the last day in which Utahns would be allowed to conduct open burns without a permit.

Despite recent spells of heavy rain in the past few weeks, tests are still showing below average moisture levels in grassy areas, Curry said.

The prohibition on burning does not apply to campfires or backyard fireplaces, but Curry urged caution with any burning. Drought conditions continue statewide, and fire danger may increase as temperatures rise this summer, Curry said.

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