UTAH

Fiery, smoky summer ahead. Do your part to prevent wildfires from starting

May 23, 2022, 5:00 PM | Updated: May 27, 2022, 12:12 pm
wildfires...
FILE -Firefighters work at the scene of forest fire near Kyuyorelyakh village at Gorny Ulus area, west of Yakutsk, in Russia Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. A warming planet and land use changes mean more wildfires will scorch large parts of the globe in coming decades. That's according to a UN report released Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 that says many governments are ill-prepared to address the problem. (AP Photo/Ivan Nikiforov, File)
(AP Photo/Ivan Nikiforov, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — The West is staring down the barrel of yet another fiery and smoky summer. And nearly 85% of wildfires in the United States are caused by humans. Human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended, burning debris, equipment use and malfunctions, negligently discarded cigarettes, and intentional acts of arson.

In a recent episode of Dave and Dujanovic, Mike Erickson, the spokesman with the Utah Division of Forestry and Lands had an update on what wildfire season is expected to look like in Utah. And Karl Hunt, public information officer for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and, State Lands, joined the show as well.

 

Related: 2021 Utah fire season: hundreds fewer human-caused fires than in 2020

Erickson set the tone early in the conversation. [The fire season in Utah] is still a ways out. We don’t know what we will get, but it’s not looking good.”

Wildfires and you

Before hitting the road Memorial Day weekend, drivers may want to double-check to see if any chains are hanging off the back of their trailers. That piece of free advice comes from Spectrum News in Austin, Texas.

“I love it because I totally did that this weekend. . . . I towed a trailer and I had some pretty long chains on the on the trailer, and I consciously made the effort to shorten them up,” Dave said.

A broken catalytic converter started a fire in Parleys Canyon last August. In fact, cars and trucks ignited 122 fires in Utah last year, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

“Is your tire pressure so low you’re gonna blow a tire and is that going to spark a fire? Are you throwing cigarettes out the window? Do people still do that? I don’t know,” Debbie said.

Related: Provo fire leaves two animals dead

Hunt said roadside fires that start from vehicles are a major source of wildfires in Utah. So check your tires for wear. They can blow out and start a fire, something Dave admitted he learned by experience.

“I was towing a trailer. My tire blew, and I was sending sparks down the road,” Dave said. “As if I was trying to start a fire along I-15. I mean it was incredible.

“By the time I noticed it and got pulled off to the side, I thought I could have started 50 fires for a mile. But I think checking tires, checking the quality of your tire, being aware . . . that was an experience for me.”

Related: How artificial intelligence is helping fight Utah wildfires

“Check your tires, make sure they’re in good condition or not worn out. And that will save you trouble on the road as well as trouble from possibly starting a wildfire,” Hunt recommended.

Be a patriot, not a firebug

Hunt also urged people to be smarter with fireworks.

“Just don’t like fireworks in areas that have a potential to catch fire,” he advised.

Also, he said, defend your property from wildfires by being prepared. Do you live next to an open field of wild grass? Alert your city or county before it burns.

“Being aware of those trouble areas and doing some work to mitigate those fuel risks does go a long way to helping protect those homeowners,” Hunt said.

Dave & Dujanovic can be heard weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. on KSL NewsRadio. Users can find the show on the KSL NewsRadio website and app, as well as Apple Podcasts and Google Play. 

 

Today’s Top Stories

Utah

QAnon Utah race...
The Associated Press

Utah’s GOP Congressmen defeat primary challengers

Utah's four GOP congressmen win primary elections, move on to November's general election.
22 hours ago
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Brigham City....
Mark Jones

Two people injured in Brigham City two-vehicle crash

Brigham City emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning that sent two people to the hospital.
22 hours ago
FILE - Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, addresses a crowd during a rally on April 25, 2014, in Sandy, Utah. T...
Mark Jones

Sen. Mike Lee fends off 2 opponents to win Utah GOP primary

Utah Sen. Mike Lee claimed a victory Tuesday night in the state's primary election, defeating two challengers.
22 hours ago
Gov. Spencer Cox announced Utah Court of Appeals Judge Jill M. Pohlman is his nominee to serve on t...
Mark Jones

Gov. Cox announces Utah Supreme Court nominee

Utah Court of Appeals Judge Jill M. Pohlman is Gov. Spencer Cox's Utah Supreme Court nominee as announced Tuesday.
22 hours ago
Remaining permits for elk and deer hunts this fall will be available to purchase in July....
Mark Jones

Remaining deer, elk permits can be purchased in July

Remaining deer and elk permits for hunts this fall will be available to purchase in July.
22 hours ago
A crowd gathers in front of the Utah State Capitol on Friday, June 24, 2022, to protest the U.S. Su...
Becky Bruce

Different abortion law now in effect in Utah

A different abortion law is now in effect in Utah, and it bans abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy. However, there are several exceptions to this law.
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Fiery, smoky summer ahead. Do your part to prevent wildfires from starting