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Firework Caution Paying Off? Despite Dry conditions, Human-Start Wildfires Are Down So Far In 2021

The number of human-started wildfires in the past two weeks is lower than it was in 2019 and 2020.According to data from the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Land, during the period between June 28 and July 4, there were 69 human-started wildfires in 2019 and 88 in 2020. For that same period in 2021, there were 46. Most of those fires were suppressed within the first day.


Within that time period in Cache Valley, the Ant Flat and Curtis Creek fires burned near Hardware Ranch. While the Curtis Creek fire was still under investigation as of the last report, Cache County Fire Marshal Jason Winn said a witness told officials they saw the lightning strike that set off the Ant Flat blaze. Read the rest of the story on


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