Logan resident Scott Bushman is a member of a Northern Utah Type-III Overhead Team, responsible for managing wildlife suppression operations. Kerry Bringhurst talked to Bushman about what it's like to wake up to a phone call and go fight a wildland fire.
Just north of Moab, along the Colorado River, are 130 acres of radioactive uranium tailings, which are being relocated by rail to a permanent disposal site near I-70. One thing the ambitious clean-up didn't count on was an unending string of severe weather events.
Last week, Governor Herbert announced a ban on fireworks in unincorporated areas of Utah and left it up to cities to regulate their communities.
In Cache Valley, authorities have declared restrictions on specific areas in the cities of Logan, Providence, North Logan, Hyde Park, River Heights, Smithfield, Richmond, Hyrum, Millville, Nibley, Wellsville, Paradise, and Lewiston. The boundaries of these restricted areas are described here.
The Clay Springs fire in Millard County still burns, but had reached 48 percent containment Sunday night. The fire has destroyed one home and threatens 75 others, according to the Division of Natural Resources Press release. The fire is human caused, and under investigation, and has burned more than 93,000 acres.Monday evening there will be three Town Meetings to discuss fire safety in the communities near the fire. Town Meetings:
Oak City 7 p.m.
Scipio: 7 p.m.
Holden 8:30 p.m.
The Department of Natural Resources suggests people stay indoors in Nephi and other communities to avoid the smoke. Oak Canyon Road has been closed, and the communities currently affected by the Clay Springs Fire include: Mills/Levan, Scipio, Nephi, and Learnington.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert says the state has done everything it can to ban fireworks in the most dangerous places. Now, he says it’s up to individual cities and citizens to take precautions to make sure this year’s fireworks season is a safe one.