Wildfire danger high in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Utah is a potential tinderbox waiting to explode. The combination of dry air and high winds are setting the stage for what could be a devastating wildfire season.
"Last year was the worst season in the last 30 to 40 years here in Utah. This year potentially could be worse," -Curtis Ray
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Utah is a potential tinderbox waiting to explode. The combination of dry air and high winds are setting the stage for what could be a devastating wildfire season.

Go outside, take a deep breath and you'll know it's dry. "I feel dry. I know our noses are all dry. We feel dry. We feel hot," said Katy Hartman.

The humidity level is hovering around six percent, which is well below the normal of 40 percent for this time of year. Add to this the current wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hours in portions of the Utah and the stage is set for the potential of out of control wildfires.

Three fires are burning in the State:

The Lakey Fan Fire has consumed more than 900 acres in in San Juan County.

The Dark Canyon Fire has burned over 300 acres in San Juan County and the Rock Creek Fire has burned Utah land as well.

Natures started all of these fires.

The concern is the potential for a human caused wildfire.

"What do you think the number one way man causes wildfire?" asked ABC 4 Utah's Noah Bond.

"I would say with campfires or with fireworks," guessed Brett Christopherson from Pleasant View.

It was a good guess, but the answer is mechanical problems with cars or other vehicles said Division of Forestry Division of Forestry spokesman, Jason Curry.

The 2012 Rose Crest Fire in Herriman is an example of a human caused fire. Investigators determined a hot car engine parked next to tall dry weeds sparked the blaze sending homeowners and their animals running for safety.

"Last year was the worst season in the last 30 to 40 years here in Utah. This year potentially could be worse," said ABC 4 Meteorologist, Curtis Ray.

Fire officials are asking all of us to make adjustments. "You want smores. You want fires at night and stuff so we probably won't be doing that...we didn't do fireworks last year, probably not again this year," Hartman said.

A Red Flag warning is covering most of the State. It's the official warning about the potential for a dangerous wildfire to start.

Click on the attached links to learn more about the wildfires burning in Utah and across the United States.



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