ALL NEWS

BLM experts predict the 2022 fire season in Utah is about a month away

May 10, 2022, 6:23 AM | Updated: 4:18 pm

utah fire season...

Johnny Trujillo, 53, talks about battling the blaze that destroyed both his sister's home and his truck in the evacuation area near Mora, N.M., on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, where firefighters have been battling the Hermit's Peak and Calf Canyon fire for weeks. Many residents have resisted the evacuation orders opting to stay and protect their homes to face nature's fury. Weather conditions described as potentially historic are on tap for New Mexico on Saturday, May 7 and over the next several days as the largest fire burning in the U.S. chews through more tinder-dry mountainsides. (Jim Weber/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP)

(Jim Weber/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY — While not the case yet in Utah, fire season has begun in neighboring states. Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona are all in firefighting mode. Across the country, 20 million Americans are facing red flag warnings for fire.

“Fortunately for Utah we are just north of that. Typically Arizona and New Mexico are about a month to a month and a half ahead of us,” said Basil Newmerzhycky with the Bureau of Land Management Predictive Services.

A red flag warning is issued by the National Weather Service. It is a short-term warning for a critical weather event, usually wind gusts over 30 mph with dry fuels or dry lightning that could pose a threat for rapid-fire growth.

Right now in New Mexico, 308 square miles have been burned by wildfire and 170 homes have been lost. This particular fire, Newmerzhycky said, is concerning.

“That is quite worrisome because in the higher elevations of Southern Utah where we have similar drought-like conditions and low snowpack and heavier fuels – we’re talking about the mountains outside of Cedar City – the worry is that when we do reach our dry pattern in early June, we could see conditions not too different from that.”

Is the rain helping any?

Utahns started the week with rain and in some cases, snow — which is good news, Newmerzhycky said.

“That’s helping us in the northern half of the state. These cooler, showery systems will be clipping mostly the northern areas.

“They won’t bring that much precipitation to the South,’ he said, “but what they will bring are cooler temperatures and higher humidity which tend to be a short-term mitigator of fire activity.”

When Newmerzhycky looks ahead to the fire season here in Utah, he predicts that firefighters will be busy.

“We do expect above normal fire potential for southwestern Utah by the end of May and spreading across much of southern Utah through the month of June.”

The good news for Utah, he said, is the potential for an active monsoon season in July.

“Which would take the edge off fire activity across the southern half of the state. At that point, we expect above-normal fire activity across much of northern and northeastern Utah.”

Related reading:

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

All News

A Utah man currently in prison has pleaded guilty to disarming a police officer. He grabbed the gun...

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.COM

Utah man who fired at police pleads guilty to disarming an officer

A man has pleaded guilty to grabbing a police officer's gun as part of a plea deal in which charges for firing at an officer were dismissed.

7 hours ago

Search and rescue crews braced Friday for a potentially busy Memorial Day weekend as they urged peo...

Andrew Adams, KSL TV

Rescuers prepare for what could be a busy Memorial Day weekend

Search and rescue crews braced Friday for a potentially busy Memorial Day weekend as they urged people to prepare for the elements.

9 hours ago

The KSL Greenhouse show host Taun Beddes shares why lawns might turn brown and how to treat those l...

Taun Beddes, The KSL Greenhouse Show

Taun Beddes: Reasons why your lawn is suddenly turning brown

The KSL Greenhouse show host Taun Beddes shares why some lawns turn brown and how to treat the problem if that happens to you.

11 hours ago

A motorcycle crash has led to the death of a juvenile after they crashed while driving a motorcycle...

Kennedy Camarena

Motorcycle crash leads to death of a juvenile

A motorcycle crash has led to the death of a juvenile. Police believe the juvenile had lost control of the motorcycle, leading to the crash.

14 hours ago

A woman was arrested after engaging in domestic violence against her ex-boyfriend Tuesday at the Va...

Carlysle Price, KSLTV.com

Woman facing charges after group-assault against ex-boyfriend

The victim’s ex-girlfriend was physically assaulted by striking him with closed fists punching in the stomach and back after collecting her belongings.

16 hours ago

Photo courtesy of Getty Images...

Curt Gresseth

Liberal arts education is a good choice for students, says professor

Education in the liberal arts is trending down in the US, but a University of Pennsylvania professor argues for pursuing liberal arts.

17 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.

...

Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

BLM experts predict the 2022 fire season in Utah is about a month away