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Wildfire Season

Photo of a face mask that says don't tread on me
Courtesy of Christine Passey-Spencer

Wednesday evening, June 24, 2020

Photo of a fire burning the golden grasses at the base of a hillside and covering the feature in smoke
Photo courtesy of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

ST. GEORGE — The past week was a blur for firefighter Mike Melton.

As the U.S. Forest Service prepares for the wildfire season, it must also confront COVID-19.

Already the agency's put a stop to prescribed burning. And it says it will continue fire suppression and other activities with guidance from the CDC.

Photo of Bob Garff.
Courtesy Garff Industries

Monday morning, March 30, 2020

Piles of debris burn in a snow-covered forest.
Courtesy of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

Utah’s fire season is officially over following last month’s winter storms.

Photo of piles of debris burning in the distance amidst small piles of snow.
Courtesy of Utah Fire Info, via Twitter.

Updated 9:13 a.m. MST 11/15/19

The closed fire season in Southwest Utah has been extended until Nov. 30 due to unprecedented conditions across the region, state fire officials announced this week.

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

Updated 2:45 p.m. MDT 10/07/19:

Utah’s 2019 fire season has been a mild one, according to the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

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.

Photo of smoke rising from a dry mountainside.
Incident Information System

Updated 11:05 a.m. 9/26/18

The National Interagency Fire Center continues to track seven fires in Utah, totaling 136,802 acres or nearly 214 square miles. More than 17,000 personnel are battling the flames statewide.

Utah Wildfire Info / Twitter

As wildfires burned throughout Utah Thursday morning, Gov. Gary Herbert announced a ban on open fires and fireworks on all state-owned land.

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.”

Nicole Nixon

Since 2004 the Unified Fire Authority in Salt Lake County has been serving cities that don’t have their own fire departments. Friday, for the first time, a city ended its contract with UFA and started its own fire department.

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov


Update Sunday June 25:
The Brian Head Fire grew slightly overnight but firefighting officials are hopeful that calmer winds and a bit of rain on Sunday will slow the fire's growth. The fire is 42,800 acres and 8 percent contained. Evacuations remain in place for Brian Head, Panguitch Lake, Horse Valley, Castle Valley, Rainbow Meadows, Mammoth Creek, Beaver Dam, Blue Springs, Dry Lakes and Second Left Hand Canyon.