Box Elder Firefighters Prepare For Likely Busy Fire Season Ahead

Jun 11, 2019, 5:18 PM | Updated: 8:21 pm

HONEYVILLE, Utah – In Mary Elizabeth Anderson’s back yard, a group of firefighters carefully monitored what used to be a number of old cottonwood trees, in a controlled burn.

“I am so grateful for their help,” Anderson said. “This is a big fire, and a culmination of many limbs and trunks of trees that needed to be burned up.”

Box Elder County Fire Marshal, Corey Barton says his department has been busy with a number of similar burns, in hopes of reducing the amount of dangerous fuels.

“If we do have a fire come through this area, then we don’t have the big 1,000 hour fuel, sitting here on the ground, ready to burn,” Barton explained. “These trees are quite dry and dead, and have been here for a little while, so they could really create a hazard for our firefighters, if we do get a fire up in this area.”

Corey Barton

Barton says those mitigation and prevention efforts are done as part of a change to the state fire policy a couple of years back, that gives the county funding for supplies, and preparedness efforts. In addition to training, and burning potentially dangerous fuels, Barton says they’re hoping to strengthen their monitoring abilities in some of the more remote areas of the county.

“(We’re) looking at putting a couple of new weather stations out there in the Promontory Point area, and maybe one further out west,” Barton said. “That will give us real time monitoring in those areas, which helps predictive services a whole lot, rather than trying to base off Salt Lake or some place that’s 100 miles away.”

Barton says thanks to an especially wet May, the coming fire season is likely to be busy. He expects that much of the green vegetation around the area will start to dry up, and become more flammable toward the end of July.

“Whether it’s lightning strikes, or cigarette butts off the freeway, this stuff is very dry,” Barton said. “It burns like gasoline, and it just takes off.”

Barton is hopeful that the time and effort put in now, will help mitigate the likely busy season ahead.

“It’s something you hope is not going to happen. You know it’s going to,” Barton said. “You know we’re going to get the fires. It’s just the extent of how big they’re going to be this year.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Gov. Spencer Cox says the state has been handling homelessness the wrong way for decades, and he'd ...

Mike Anderson

Gov. Cox to ask for $187 million in budget to better address homelessness

Gov. Spencer Cox says the state has been handling homelessness the wrong way for decades, and he'd like lawmakers to approve a major chunk of funding to fix it.

28 minutes ago

A traveler walks past a baggage carousel at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City ...

Josh Ellis

3 charged with stealing luggage from Salt Lake City airport

Three Salt Lake County residents have been charged with stealing baggage from baggage carousels at the Salt Lake City International Airport.

2 hours ago

Sen. Daniel McCay, R-Riverton, sponsor of SB31, State Flag Amendments, poses for a photo with the n...

Olivia Calvert, KSL NewsRadio

One group would like to see if Utah voters want to keep the new flag

Since the narrow passing of Senate Bill 31 in March of this year, many Utahns have embraced the new flag. Opponents, however, have been working overtime to reverse this change.

3 hours ago

The Church Office Building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is pictured during th...

Tad Walch, Deseret News

Church responds to AP story detailing 2015 Idaho abuse case

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responded Sunday night to an Associated Press story that detailed allegations about a former church member who allegedly sexually abused his daughter.

3 hours ago

Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, announced on Monday that he is running for governor....

Josh Ellis

Democrat Rep. Brian King announces run for governor

Democrat and Utah House Minority Leader Brian King has announced he is running for governor of Utah.

4 hours ago

The Salt Lake Chinese Choir brings people together from Provo to Ogden, but their influence reaches...

Erin Cox

First Chinese choir in Utah uses music to break cultural barriers

The Salt Lake Chinese Choir brings people together from Provo to Ogden, but their influence reaches farther than that. 

15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

Box Elder Firefighters Prepare For Likely Busy Fire Season Ahead