SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) -
The 2013 fire season has been calm in comparison to the 2012 season, thanks to a little luck and a lot of Utahans. But
“We really have a dry season,” said Nathan Vance.
Vance is no meteorologist, but he does have 70 years experience living in the
“I think it depends on the weather,” said Vance. “Everyone’s concerned about it.”
Which means 70 years of fire season.
“When we do go out camping or in those areas, we definitely are a lot more cautious,” said Vance.
That attitude is partly behind a slow fire season this year.
Out of nearly 23,000 acres burned in 2013, only 2,500 can be blamed on human caused fires.
“Good job to the folks out there who have been careful,” said Shelby Law, a Predictive Services Meteorologist for the
Law is not on the front lines of the fire, but instead works behind the scenes.
“Forecasting fire weather basically,” said Law.
Law says in 2013,
“We had some precipitation in April and May that came just at the right time,” said Law. “So when the wind and really dry period came in June, the vegetation wasn't quite ready to burn. All the little factors that have to line up to have very large fires, did not add up this year. We're happy about that.”
But it’s too soon to let our guard down.
“It's not over, for sure,” said Law. “Even the last couple of days it’s been very hot and dry.”
A good reminder going into Pioneer Day fireworks.
“I think that's going to be a big test for us,” said Vance. “Hopefully all of us will be more aware of it.”