LOCAL NEWS

Firefighters prepare for wildfire season

Apr 29, 2022, 12:20 PM | Updated: Jun 20, 2022, 2:14 pm
FILE: Fire Danger is very high in Summit County, where Rocky Mountain Power is considering temporar...
FILE: Fire Danger is very high in Summit County, where Rocky Mountain Power is considering temporarily shutting off the electricity to prevent wildfires.

ST. GEORGE, Utah — As spring temperatures increase, wildland firefighters and public land managers are anticipating and preparing for what could be another challenging fire season.

“May and June are forecasted to be hotter and drier than normal, likely bringing increased wildfire threat to lower elevations,” Fire Management Officer Josh Tibbetts said. “Roadside fires, abandoned campfires, and debris burning on private lands were the leading causes of human caused wildfires in 2021 for Utah.”

According to a release, fire managers in the Color Country Interagency Fire Management Area (southwest Utah and northwest Arizona) are “working closely together to prepare.”

They encourage the public to recreate responsibly while enjoying Utah’s public lands.

“There is a good possibility that many areas of southwest Utah and northwest Arizona will again go into fire restrictions this summer,” Tibbetts said.

Fire Sense,” an interagency campaign aims to prevent unwanted wildfires by educating on the safety precautions when doing things that might produce heat, sparks, or flames.

“Additional safety measures include being careful where you build campfires, completely extinguishing campfires with water and being aware of where you park your vehicle. A hot exhaust system or embers from a campfire can result in a very dangerous situation for firefighters and the public. Target shooting in dry grass is also an increasing wildfire cause in southwest Utah. The use of fireworks and exploding targets are always prohibited on public lands.”

The release also mentioned the importance of maintaining vegetation around homes to prevent them from becoming hazardous when critically dry.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

...
Shara Park

All students contacted following shooting incident in Taylorsville High parking lot

Police said they have identified and made contact with the six teens involved in a shooting that took place in the parking lot of Taylorsville High School Thursday.
20 hours ago
Officers respond to Taylorsville High School on Jan. 26, 2023, after shots were fired in the parkin...
Erin Cox

Utah lawmakers pushing for greater school safety measures

Utah lawmakers are pushing for change in order to protect our students in schools.
20 hours ago
“Happy Bunny” math game...
Ashley Moser

Fun resources help early learners with math and reading

We all know reading with our children is important, but experts now say math scores are actually better predictors of reading literacy.
20 hours ago
UDOT Davis Co. detours...
Katija Stjepovic, Cary J. Schwanitz

Northern Utah construction projects could slow weekend plans

The Utah Department of Transportation will close the southbound lanes of Legacy Parkway between Park Lane in Farmington and Parrish Lane in Centerville for the second straight weekend.
20 hours ago
"Rainbow fentanyl" allegedly seized during an arrest of 51-year-old Jesse Wood, of Taylorsville, Ut...
Madison Swenson

Utah man arrested, charged with possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute

A 51-year-old man from Taylorsville, Utah, is behind bars on suspicion of possessing illicit drugs, specifically fentanyl, with the intent to distribute.
20 hours ago
Tooele sunrise...
Carter Williams, ksl.com

Snow advisories could bring up to 14 inches of snow Friday night

The snow is back, yet again. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the Wasatch Mountains, where 6 to 14 inches or more of snow is forecast between Friday and Saturday. It remains in effect through late Saturday afternoon.
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
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.
Firefighters prepare for wildfire season