Wildfire

Box Elder County


Aspen tree grove with wildfire of orange flames and dark smoke.
US Forest Service

In August 2013, the Millville Fire consumed over 3,000 acres of state, private and federal land in Cache County, Utah. It was the last big fire in the area, and foresters and legislators hope it stays that way.

Not Enough Fire In Our Forests, Study Suggests

Jun 3, 2019
Milena Rockwood / Uinta Wasatch Cache National Forest


Smokey the Bear has reminded campers for 75 years that “only you can prevent forest fires” but much of today’s wildfires are more catastrophic than ever, and that isn’t exactly your fault. While fire is a natural and necessary part of forests, fuels have accumulated from years of suppression and mismanagement.

U.S. Forest Service


Utah Governor Gary Herbert and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue signed an agreement Wednesday focused on shared stewardship for Utah’s 9 million acres of forests.

US Fire Administration

For wildfire firefighters, knowing exactly how long it takes for them to reach safety is critical, and new research provides more precise information about the time to cross different terrains and different slopes. 

Aspen tree grove with wildfire of orange flames and dark smoke.
US Forest Service

New research suggests that social and economic impacts of wildfire are becoming more complex. 

Liana Prudencio is a PhD student in Watershed Sciences and the Climate Adaption Science program at Utah State University.

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If you think the wildfire season is over, habitat restoration biologists like Nate Long would remind you that with this hazard, the work is only switching gears.

Top right is a charred slope with burned trees, middle is a deep canyon where the river has been dramatically altered, left side is an unburned slope.
Chris Brown, Utah State University

The land of the western United States is shaped by wildfire and water availability. According to new research from Utah State University, increasing the number of smaller wildfires could increase water resources in the West.   

Echo Canyon Road
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Authorities believe arson caused a wildfire that burned 585 acres (237 hectares) near Echo Reservoir along Interstate 80 in north-central Utah.

State fire officials said Monday that a fire investigator determined that arson was the fire's cause and that the Summit County Sheriff's Department was seeking information to help with the investigation.

Mitt Romney
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Mitt Romney is calling for a high-tech early detection system and more logging to prevent wildfires ravaging the U.S. West.

The U.S. Senate candidate in Utah said in an essay Tuesday the government can do more to prevent fires there and other places like California, which is fighting its largest wildfire in state history.

Fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in Moab.
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A fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in the southern Utah tourist town of Moab.

 Moab city officials said in a news release Tuesday night that the fire started Tuesday night in a wooded area near an apartment complex.

Crandall Canyon Mine.
utah.gov

Firefighters in central Utah are making progress on a 100-acre wildfire that closed a mine in a national forest about 100 miles southeast of Provo.

Authorities believe a campfire lit by recreationists sparked the blaze reported Friday afternoon about 15 miles northwest of Huntington.

Justin Pace

In June 2006 a wildfire on Navajo Mountain destroyed all vegetation resulting in debris and sediment contaminating Beaver Springs, the source of all water for the Navajo Mountain community.

City Creek Canyon, which was temporarily closed due to the wildfire in August.
summitpost.org

Two Utah men are being accused of causing a wildfire that broke out at an illegal shooting range on national forest land on the edge of Bountiful last summer.

Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges in district court in Salt Lake City last week against 48-year-old Jayson Ross Orvis and 41-year-old James Troy Golden.

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About two months after a Utah wildfire stopped burning, testing has shown unacceptable levels of E. coli bacteria in most of the water that filters through the taps of the rural town of Panguitch.

Town manager Lori Talbot suspects the cause of the contaminated water supply is the fire because "we didn't have E. coli before the fire burned over the watershed."

Keep Pets Safe From Wildfire By Planning Ahead

Aug 8, 2017
News Service

Wildfire season is in full force, and safety experts are encouraging people to keep their pets in mind in the event of evacuation. 

 

Outgoing Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz starts work as a political pundit on Fox News. Republican Senate leaders postpone a vote on their health care bill amid lack of support, including from Utah Sen. Mike Lee. And while the Brian Head fire rages on, environmentalists and state legislators disagree on what causes wildfires to spread.

 

kvcrnews.org

While both patriots and pyrotechnicians rejoice for the upcoming Fourth of July and Pioneer Day holidays, state authorities are wary of the dangers posed by the use of fireworks during a summer with remarkable fire danger.

Chris Holmes

Now at over 11,000 acres burned, the Brian Head Fire continues to expand in size and property damage as it crosses from Iron County into Garfield County.  

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Tom Cova is a geology professor at the University of Utah and director of the center for natural and technological hazards. He is part of a group of experts studying public warnings for hurricanes, wildfires or toxic chemical spills.

Drone Danger Halts Three Utah Wildfire Extinguishing Operations

Jun 20, 2016
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Rutgers University

 

Aerial firefighting operations were grounded for several hours on Sunday at three of Utah’s wildfire locations due to a drone sighting. Drones have become such a problem in Utah that the Utah Legislature has passed a bill prohibiting unmanned aerial vehicles in active wildfire areas.

Wildfire Season Off to Delayed Start

May 3, 2016
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The National Interagency Fire Center has released the annual wildfire outlook for the spring and summer. The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands refers to the Center to assess the wildfire potential in Utah.