More Fire in Utah, but Tolerable and in Some Places, Healthy
The Mahogany Fire, September 2016, in Utah County. Photo: US Forest Service.
After four years of minimal wildfire activity, Utah's 2016 fire season saw more than 99,000 acres burn, making it the worst since 2012 (when 415,300 acres burned). But the fires were tolerable and, in some places, healthy. And, though blazes threatened Utah homes throughout the summer, no primary residences were lost this year to wildfire.
Jason Curry, with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, credits early intervention, such as thinning overgrown vegetation and running prescribed burns, with keeping most of the blazes small. About $1 million allocated by the State Legislature to fund these projects beginning in July, he explained, "went a long way in lowering that risk and giving us some breathing room." Read full article here.