SALT LAKE CITY — Land managers from across northern Utah gathered Friday to discuss the looming start to the wildfire season.
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest supervisor David Whittekiend said heavy winter snows have delayed the start of fire season.
“In the high country we expect it’s going to be awhile,” Whittekiend said. “Once that snowpack goes away, it will probably be a pretty average fire year.”
That could actually be a blessing, allowing for a more pro-active approach to fire. Fire managers urged people to check the land around their own homes, making sure they have defensible space.
The late start could also allow for more managed use of fire.
“If the conditions are right and we determine we don’t have a lot of resources at risk, those are great opportunities to improve wildlife habitat, to improve forest health or reduce fuels in those areas,” Whittekiend said.
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