The National Weather Service is warning of fire danger in Utah already.
The organization on Sunday afternoon issued its first “red flag” fire warning of 2021, for parts of the Uinta Basin. Two locations near Starvation State Park in northeastern Utah are reporting humidity below 15% and wind of 25 mph or faster, both of which indicate increased risk of a fire starting.
It’s a bit early in the year for Utah to experience fire danger. The state’s fire season during the warmer time of year usually starts June 1, as defined by state law.
Utah’s fire prevention campaign Spark Change lists several ways residents can do their part. They are:
• Only start a campfire in an approved fire pit, or an area cleared of all vegetation.
• Never leave a fire unattended.
• Always make sure your fire is completely doused with water and smothered with dirt before leaving.
• Don’t start a fire on a windy day.
• Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children.
• Don’t burn yard waste or debris without checking with your local fire department first.
• When lighting fireworks, have a fire extinguisher handy; have a bucket of water or garden hose available to wet down the surrounding vegetation.
• Don’t park a hot car or other machine in dry grass.
• Tractors, off-road vehicles and equipment, such as chainsaws, must have spark arrestors.
• Secure tow chains to ensure they don’t drag, which can cause sparks and fire risk.
• When target shooting, choose a backstop that is free of rocks and dry grass.
• Remember the complete impact of wildfire when playing, working or traveling in Utah.
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