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.
Today’s Top Stories
- Salt Lake City Marathon brings road closures Saturday morning
- More stores add facemask requirements, enforcing them is another story
- Man suspected in freeway stabbing booked into jail, drug use suspected
- Travels with President Nelson: Touching the hearts of Church members around the world
- Lacy Turner, Kaysville Police Department
- To eat, or not to eat breakfast — that is the question
- Marc Miller & Seth Peterson, Probation Officers
- What is coronavirus and Covid-19? An explainer
- Bill Nye sets the world on fire — to make a point about climate change
- A new conversation: Dave & Dujanovic starts June 4