1,000th Wildfire Reported In Utah; 75% Of Fires Human-Caused
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – State fire officials said the 1,000th wildfire was ignited and quickly extinguished in southeastern Utah on Friday.
Of those 1,000 fires, 750 or 75% have been reported as human-caused.
This evening at about 6 p.m. Utah's 1,000th wildfire of the season ignited and was quickly put out in SE Utah. 750 wildfires this year have been human-caused. If you haven't already done so, take the wildfire prevention pledge to SPARK CHANGE at: https://t.co/TgKwFeYvR6 #ffsljc
— Utah Fire Info (@UtahWildfire) August 8, 2020
Crews continue to battle fires across the state, including the Parleys Fire, which forced the Mt. Aire area to evacuate and closed I-80 for an extended period of time Friday.
Investigators believe that fire was started by dragging chains on a dump truck. It was 15% contained Friday night and has burned an estimated 80 acres.
Crews are also battling the Upper Provo and Richard Mountain fires, which have burned 480 and 7,663 acres.
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