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Hot, dry and breezy means red flag fire warnings across Utah

Julie Beekman and Sam Hubert walk in City Creek Canyon in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Utah faces increased wildfire risk as 100% of the state is in drought with 90% in extreme drought. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — We are going to have hot, dry temperatures for a few days, and the fire danger stays high as much Utah is under a red flag warning through Tuesday night.

Highs will be in the low 90s through Thursday. These temperatures are 10 degrees higher than our seasonal norms.

Wind and breezy conditions are also in the forecast, but little precipitation. That adds up to more concerns about fire.

 

There’s hope a cold front delivers by Thursday to cool us back down.

Fire officials say it’s easy for a wildfire to spark under these very hot, dry and windy conditions. They are asking people to check Utahfireinfo.gov for fire restrictions, and follow the fire safety tips below.

-Keep vehicles off dry grass or brush
-Sparks from lawnmowers and power equipment can and do start wildfires
-Make sure campfires are completely out
-Properly dispose of cigarettes
-Check and obey all fire restrictions
-Target shooting can create sparks that fly

 


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