Red flag fire warnings posted for portions of Utah
Jul 4, 2023, 4:01 PM | Updated: 4:02 pm
(Utah Fire Info)
SALT LAKE CITY — Portions of southeast Utah were under a red flag warning on Tuesday afternoon because of high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds according to the National Weather Service.
Residents of San Juan and Grand Counties should be on alert through 10 p.m. on Tuesday night.
Happy July 4!! #FireSense 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM, San Juan and Grand Counties are under Red Flag Warnings. The fire danger is high due to hot temperatures, dry vegetation, low humidity, and strong winds. Use caution and avoid activities that could cause sparks near dry vegetation. pic.twitter.com/0ggWBafhyc
— Utah Fire Info (@UtahWildfire) July 4, 2023
Temperatures were expected to reach 100 degrees in southeastern Utah on Tuesday. There is also a potential for gusting winds, up to 30 miles per hour the National Weather Service reported.
Happy 4th of July! DON’T BURN DOWN THE STATE. Protect our natural resources by using #FireSense & remembering:
🔥Only start campfires in approved fire pits if restrictions allow
🔥Use fireworks only during approved times, never on federal land & not on state/unincorporated land pic.twitter.com/RoMIyQRkt1
— Utah Department of Natural Resources (@UtahDNR) July 3, 2023
Utah Fire info said that by Tuesday afternoon, six fires burned in Utah (including the Cedar Knolls fire, pictured above.) Two of those, the Burnt Beaver and Iron Mine fires in Wasatch County, were prescribed burns.
Those celebrating the 4th of July with fireworks across the state of Utah are asked to take fire safety precautions which include having quick access to water while lighting fireworks, and disposing of fireworks and fireworks debris properly.