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Wildfire danger remains high for holiday

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Utah’s high temperatures don’t always mix well with the high fire danger, which is why Utahns need to be extra cautious when celebrating Pioneer Day.
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Utah’s high temperatures don’t always mix well with the high fire danger, which is why Utahns need to be extra cautious when celebrating Pioneer Day.

Kathy Jo Pollock with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest said the next couple of days might be a challenge.

“The fuels have dried out and there is going to be a lot of people on public lands,” she said.

Recreationists celebrating Pioneer Day cause concern over campfires getting out of control and with the holiday, comes the fireworks.

Governor Gary Herbert tweeted out a message asking people to be cautious when popping fireworks around the state because of the tinder dry conditions.

Predictive Service Meteorologist Shelby Law said on average human caused fires versus natural fires are split at about 50 percent in Utah.

She acknowledged the people who are being proactive and doing their part to prevent fires.

Still, it is a never-ending battle. Since Monday a handful of small fires popped up near highways because of a flicked cigarette butt.

“Cigarette butts can cause a fire because the grass and fine fuels are really dry and anything can ignite or start something,” Pollock said.

State officials said Utahns can douse the danger with a little common sense.

“We just ask that people are extremely careful out there with what they’re doing,” she added.

Tips to remember:

Make sure campfires are put out completely and are cold to the touch.

If you use an ATV stay on designated trails

Keep a shovel with you if you go target shooting

Do not pop fireworks on public lands

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