Continuing Extreme Drought Could Lead To Fireworks Ban
May 21, 2021, 6:02 PM | Updated: 8:00 pm
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -Utah’s extreme drought does not look like it will improve any time soon and fire managers said unless we get substantial rain, a fireworks ban is possible.
Fire crews are already on high alert for this fire season that started sooner than most.
This year we have seen around 230 fires compared to a normal average of about 100 fires at this time of year.
This has not been a good start after what we experienced last year. Fresh burn scars are visible across the state.
Most of last year’s fires were caused by humans and that’s why Jason Curry from the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands said a fireworks ban for the summer holidays cannot be ruled out.
“There is a lot of time between now and then. I won’t say there is zero chance of it. It is not off the table completely, but we got to just keep an eye on the conditions.”
Roughly 1,500 fires were reported last year and Curry said he is worried 2021 could be worse.
Fire crews were able to provide more accurate acreage for the #LoneCedarFire. The fire is approx. 25 acres & 90% contained. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect. Federal & local resources will remain on scene with the anticipation of gusty & erratic winds expected this afternoon.
— Utah Fire Info (@UtahWildfire) May 21, 2021
“We are concerned about fire season. Every year we are. But extra concerned this year, the low precipitation, and snow impact we had and the stretch of dry hot weather coming.”
As we head into those hotter months, it’s important to be fire-safe and prepared.
Fire restrictions in parks and public lands will begin on Wednesday, mainly in Southwestern Utah.
You can find updated information on red flag alerts fire restrictions here.