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Statewide Firefighters' Work in 2012 Recognized with Concurrent Resolution

Representatives of all firefighting agencies in Utah were honored on the House floor Wednesday with the Concurrent Resolution on Utah Wildfires. They included state, federal, county and city professionals and volunteers. HCR 4 was brought by Democratic Representative Joel Briscoe of Salt Lake City. The 2012 was fire season is described in the resolution as the most devastating on record burning more than 413-thousand acres. Republican Representative Spencer Cox of Sanpete and Juab Counties, described being with a volunteer crew near the Wood Hollow fire after it had already burned 30-thousand acres in 24 hours.  

”We watched as the wind blew the flames and smoke over a hundred feet in the air and really enveloped the crew and we weren’t sure that everybody was going to walk out of there…and…and they did and they saved approximately 40 homes that day,” says Cox.

Rep. Briscoe says 88 percent of the 15 hundred 28 fires were put out by volunteers while using small amounts of state resources.

Bob Nelson is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BA in mass communications. He began his radio career at KUER in 1978 when it was still in Kingsbury Hall. That’s also where he met his wife, Maria Shilaos, in 1981. Bob left KUER for commercial radio where he worked for 25 years, and he is thrilled to be back at KUER. Bob and his family are part of an explorer group, fondly known as The Hordes and Masses, which has been seeking out ghost towns and little-known places in Utah for more than twenty years.
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