Fourth of July weekend weather conditions ripe for fires

Jul 1, 2022, 3:30 PM | Updated: 3:32 pm
The National Weather Service of Salt Lake City says there is a red flag warning in effect for Weste...
The National Weather Service of Salt Lake City says there is a red flag warning in effect for Western Utah. Photo Credit: NWS Salt Lake City Twitter.

SALT LAKE CITY —  Red flag warnings are in effect for the western half of the state starting midday Saturday through Monday, according to the National Weather Service of Salt Lake City.

Strong, gusty south winds coupled with Utah’s dry conditions are a perfect recipe for fires to spread out of control quickly.

“We should see gusts just a little bit over 30 miles per hour in areas,” said Weather Service Meteorologist Glen Merill. “[The winds are] especially focused in the western valley areas across Utah south of I-80.”

Sunday and Monday, Merill said, the winds will get stronger.

“We could see local gusts approaching 45 miles per hour.

Merill said with lots of people out celebrating for the 4th of July, it’s especially important for people to be vigilant this weekend with any type of spark.

Related stories


Today’s Top Stories


Flooding caused evacuations in the area of the Jacob City Fire burn scar. Photo courtesy of Stockto...
Mark Jackson

Evacuations for areas in the Jacob City Fire burn scar lifted early Sunday

A flash flood warning was issued Friday evening for Salt Lake County, according to the National Weather Service out of Salt Lake City.
3 days ago
Photo courtesy of the Utah Department of Natural Resources...
Chandler Holt

Some Utah areas see slight drop in drought levels

A drought update from the Utah Division of Water Resources offers a glimpse of good news for Utah. Division spokesman Michael Sanchez says you can thank a good monsoonal season for a slight drop in the percentage of the state that is in extreme drought or worse
3 days ago
A lightning strike is pictured....
Samantha Herrera

Two Tooele houses struck by lightning in yesterday’s storm

TOOELE, Utah — Two houses were struck by lightning Wednesday night during a thunderstorm. Officials said there were no injuries, but some damage. Deputy Fire Chief Jed Colovich from the Tooele City Fire Department said one house had damage to its electrical outlets. The other house had damage to its sprinkler timer. Colovich said the […]
4 days ago
NWS predicts 'skier's delight' storm, but little impact on our snowpack, Utah's drought...
Mark Jones

Flash flood warning issued for Tooele County, lightning strikes houses

A flash flood warning has been issued for Tooele County on Wednesday evening. The country road in Soldier Canyon is expected to be impacted, creating a dangerous situation.
5 days ago
KSL NewsRadio File Photo...
Marilyn Deutsch

200-year-old tree explodes in Portland due to heat wave

The tree, along with residents, endured seven days of temperatures at 95 degrees or above. A branch that fell weighed roughly 30,000 pounds.
6 days ago
The water level at Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the US by volume, is at its lowest since it ...
Nouran Salahieh and Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN

More human remains discovered in Lake Mead’s receding waters

More human remains have been found in the receding waters of Lake Mead, authorities announced Saturday. This is the fourth time human remains have been found at Lake Mead National Recreation Area since May.
8 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Fourth of July weekend weather conditions ripe for fires