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A line delineates where burned and unburned sections of grassland and sagebrush.
David Fuchs / KUER

Updated 3:02 p.m. MDT 9/12/19:

The Neck Fire, 8 miles north of Cedar City, is now 100% contained. The fire, which started on September 5, has burned a total of 19,151 acres. It is the largest wildfire Utah has seen this year. 

Photo of Peavin Canyon Fire.
Courtesy U.S. Forest Service

The word wildfire tends to invoke fear, but some wildfires are actually good. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Peavine and Poison Canyon fires currently burning in the Manti-La Sal National Forest will help the environment and act as future fire suppressants.

Photo of fireworks.
istock.com/Justin Bartels

A recent heat wave and an abundance of fire-prone plant material is prompting state officials to warn residents in Northern Utah about wildfire risk posed by this year’s Pioneer Day fireworks.

There’s a lot about the Bald Mountain and Pole Creek fires that was unexpected, defying decades of know-how that fire officials brought to the challenge of fighting them.

Wildfire season is ramping up across our region. There are all sorts of people involved in waiting, watching and fighting them -- people you might not expect. We’re profiling some of them in a series, Faces Behind The Fires.


Wildfire season is ramping up across our region. There are all sorts of people involved in waiting, watching and fighting them -- people you might not expect. We’re profiling some of them in a series, Faces Behind The Fires.

Lyle St. Goddard, 56, is running along a dirt trail on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana.  

“It takes me about a lap to loosen up,” he said.

Being a hotshot is a young man’s game.

“I still can do it,” St. Goddard, one of the oldest crew members in the country, said. “I just got to keep in shape. I’ll be okay.”