SAFETY

Most of Utah entering “fire watch” over weekend

May 15, 2020, 10:16 AM
National Weather Service issues Red Flag Warning until Monday...
Weather officials say strong winds paired with dry conditions will make for potentially hazardous fire conditions next week. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
(Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Most of Utah will soon be under a “fire weather watch,” even though it’s only mid-May. 

Early fire watch

Experts with the National Weather Service say potentially dangerous conditions will begin this weekend for around two-thirds of the state.

One thing the NWS is worried about is the wind coming this weekend. Forecasts say that gusts in western Utah and southwest Wyoming 40 miles-per-hour. That paired with likely dry conditions is prime weather for fires to spread quickly they say.

Only you can prevent wildfires

There are a few things you can do to help to reduce the chances of fire ignitions. First, keep vehicles off dry grass or brush. Also, be careful with lawnmowers and power equipment as sparks could start wildfires.

Those camping need to exercise extreme caution, which means making sure campfires are completely out.

Experts say those guidelines come in addition to no-brainers like properly disposing of cigarettes and obeying all fire restrictions.

If you think it’s been an especially dry spring, you’re right. According to the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City, the airport has not reported measurable precipitation since April 16th. They say the next chance to change this streak will be May 19th.

Even with that formidable dry streak, it’s not yet record-breaking. The National Weather Service says the longest dry streak in Salt Lake City dates back to 1952.

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Most of Utah entering “fire watch” over weekend