As we head into the weekend, there is an increasing chance for thunderstorms and dry lightning. Erratic winds make fire behavior very unpredictable.
With just a few weeks before much of the state heads back to school for a new year, it is a prime time for camping, but fire threats exist in the backcountry.
Most fires are human-caused. “Anywhere between 60-70 percent are caused by people,” said Reid Shelley with the U.S. Forest Service.
Campfires can be one of the biggest culprits for Utah wildfires. Shelley said fire safety is all about remembering the basics.
Keep your campfire danger free by following a few simple safety tips:
- Before you light your fire, take a moment to look at the area. Remove all brush and dry grasses.
- Watch the wind conditions, make sure that the weather won’t carry your fire further than intended.
- Keep your fire small.
- When it’s time to put your fire out, be sure to use both water and dirt and use a shovel to stir your fire. Remember, if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.