Utah Steps Up Wildfire Prevention, Safety Orders

Fire extinguisher by a hallway

Utah has stepped up its efforts to prevent the occurrence of human-caused wildfires, which are preventable even if these are unintentional. The state’s two government agencies recently enforced measures to improve fire safety.

Five Counties

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has reiterated its public advisory about its year-round and seasonal fire restrictions in Salt Lake, Utah, Tooele, Rich and Box Elder counties. Natural elements such as high temperatures, low humidity, and strong winds cause wildfires, according to Erik Valdez, BLM Utah West Desert District’s acting fire management officer.

The district, in particular, remains vulnerable due to these factors. For this reason, the bureau restricts people from using fireworks, incendiary ammunition and sky lanterns year-round. At their homes, people should also consider using residential sprinkler services in Salt Lake City and other cities, aside from keeping enough water supply and fire extinguishers.

On the other hand, seasonal restrictions began in early June and will last until the end of September. The order covers the prohibited use of steel-core, steel-jacketed or steel-tipped ammunition.

Rising Numbers

The Department of Natural Resources implemented similar orders in Fairview, Mt. Pleasant, Moroni and Fountain Green Cities, amid an increasing number of incidents. Since wind currents may cause wildfires, the Wildland Fire Prevention and Education Team cautioned against debris burning, vehicles and campfires.

How exactly do vehicles cause wildfires? When these have flat tires or drag chains, for instance, cars tend to create sparks that launch into roadside grass or vegetation. On the other hand, campfire restrictions are more understandable since these are done on open spaces. Travelers should know about safety practices and check if campfires are allowed in a certain area.

Conclusion

While the government ensures public safety by issuing these fire-safety orders, Utah residents should also do their part in keeping their homes and surrounding areas safe from fire-related accidents.