Over A Dozen Fires In 2 Weeks Keep Firefighters In Box Elder County Busy

Jul 26, 2018, 8:39 PM | Updated: 9:30 pm

BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah – In just the two weeks time, firefighters in Box Elder County have battled about a dozen lightning-caused fires, along with several more caused by people.

County Fire Marshal Corey Barton said the conditions are the worst he’s seen several years.

“Moisture is way down, and temperatures have been way up,” Barton said. “We had sage brush burning in May, which was really early for us this year.”

With resources shared among 14 departments county wide, Barton said the fires are for the most part getting the coverage they need, but crews are keeping very busy. While there’s no control over when lightning will strike, he said that many of the fires out there could have easily been prevented.

“We’re getting a lot of cigarette-started fires along freeways and roadways,” Barton explained. “Cigarette butts are being thrown out the windows. They just don’t understand that they’re very hazardous.”

Box Elder County Fire Marshal Corey Barton

Barton also said that fires can easily be started by dragging chains from trailers and sparks from flat tires. While the roughly 6,700 square miles that make up Box Elder County are mostly open land, Barton said a number of fires have come close to homes and structures.


“We’re taking every precaution we can in trying to educate the public, but a lot of people aren’t paying attention to that,” Barton said. “On unincorporated or state or federal lands, there are no open fires. There are no fireworks. There’s no shooting with tracer ammunition.”

Barton said there was one fire caused by fireworks in a restricted area on the July 24. He added that causing a fire can be costly.

“Remember, if you start a fire, you’re responsible for it,” Barton said. “You can be billed for the entire cost of fighting that fire, and it can be very expensive.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories


FILE: Crews drop fire retardant on the Jacob City Fire on July 9. (UWCNF)...
Michael Houck

Charges dropped against man who allegedly started Jacob City Fire

Tooele county attorneys have dropped the charges against the man who allegedly started a 4,000-acre wildfire over the summer. 
9 days ago
The Rainbow Fire near Ogden Canyon on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. The fire forced evacuations. (Chopper...
Madison Swenson

Human-caused wildfires decrease in Utah for second year

Gov. Spencer Cox is thanking Utahns for using their fire sense after the state recorded a drop in human-caused wildfires for the second year in a row.
21 days ago
helicopter power poles...
Jed Boal

Millcreek Canyon to reopen after 100 power poles removed for wildfire prevention

Millcreek Canyon has been closed to the public for two days as Rocky Mountain Power wraps up a project to reduce wildfire risk.
27 days ago
Several agencies will be working in Parley's Canyon to clear fuel for a potential wildfire that wou...
Tamara Vaifanua

Work to begin on clearing forest fire fuel from Parleys Canyon

Fuel reduction projects will begin this week at Parleys Canyon.
2 months ago
Follow @KSL_AlexCabrero...
Alex Cabrero

Human-caused wildfires went from 893 to 450 in two years

The last two wildfire seasons in Utah show signs progress of reducing the number of human-caused fires.
2 months ago
(Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NF/Twitter)...
Cary Schwanitz

South Fork fire 50% contained

Fire managers said the South Fork Fire burning in Provo Canyon south of Vivian Park was 50% contained Tuesday.
3 months ago

Sponsored Articles

notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Over A Dozen Fires In 2 Weeks Keep Firefighters In Box Elder County Busy