Millard County warns residents to be prepared for influx of people to see solar eclipse

Oct 6, 2023, 9:30 PM

This photo represents a partial solar eclipse, but it's an annular eclipse that has stargazers excited for this weekend. For those hoping to see it in Utah, the National Weather Service says you should be prepared for cold temperatures! (Clark Planetarium)

(Clark Planetarium)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Ring of Fire solar eclipse is still a week away. But on Friday, Millard County authorities issued a warning to its residents to be prepared.

With such a rare occurrence, the Millard County Sheriff’s Office says residents should expect an influx of tourists coming to the area to see the event.

As such, the Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to plan ahead for things such as food and fuel. 

“Have enough food and fuel purchased in advance to avoid any potential shortages caused by visitors to the area,” a news release from the Millard County Sheriff’s Office read. 

Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office also says to plan for delays in traveling, especially on highways and main roads before, during and after the event.

The Sheriff’s Office also encourages individuals to recreate safely. They say if you head outdoors make sure you have a physical map of where you are going. And be familiar with your area in case you need to call for help.

The Sheriff’s Office also says many of the recreational sites in Millard County have limited cellular coverage. 

“Cellular and WiFi networks may be limited by the increase in populace,” the release stated. “Have a printed copy of any maps you may need.”

Lodging in Millard County for solar eclipse may be limited

Additionally, authorities say local hotels and other lodging facilities may be sold out by next weekend, if they haven’t already.

Fire danger is still a concern. And authorities are encouraging all individuals, both residents and tourists, to be mindful of fire conditions. The fire conditions can be found here. 

Perhaps, most important of all, authorities say if you are going to watch the eclipse, do so safely. The safety tips can be found here

On Oct. 14, Millard County will be in the direct path of the solar eclipse. The partial eclipse is expected to begin at 9:09 a.m. The maximum eclipse will be at 10:28 a.m., while end of the eclipse will be around 11:28 a.m.

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Millard County warns residents to be prepared for influx of people to see solar eclipse