Governor warns Utahns about fire safety

Governor warns Utahns about fire safety

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Governor Gary Herbert wants Utahns to heed Smokey Bear’s warning that “only you can prevent forest fires.”
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Governor Gary Herbert wants Utahns to heed Smokey Bear’s warning that “only you can prevent forest fires.”
He says the best way to contain fires is to not let them start in the first place.

“A lot of these fires are man caused,” Herbert said. “We need to understand here in Utah that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Utah’s tender dry conditions can cause devastating wildfires with any little misstep. There are approximately five fires burning in remote areas of Southern Utah.

“The problem is fires start and they run those canyons,” State Fire Marshal Coy Porter said. “They’re very difficult to contain.”

Utah State Forester Dick Buehler reminds the public of last year’s record season when Utah saw approximately 1500 wildfires. He said over 700 of those fires were man-made and could have been prevented.

“That's the message we really want to put out, be vigilant as the governor said,” Buehler added. “Be careful with fire and make sure you know what you're doing.”

State officials offered these tips to keep the public safe:

-Never leave campfires unattended
-Always have water to douse a fire
-Keep ATV’s on trails
-Don’t park cars over weeds and tall grass
-Only use authorized fireworks
-Don’t use exploding targets if you go shooting

“The best way to prevent fires is to use a little common sense,” Herbert added.

State officials hope the message sticks as we approach the Fourth of July and Pioneer Days.

“Just be careful,” Porter added. “Celebrate, but be responsible.”

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