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Published: Wednesday, July 3 2013 9:35 a.m. MDT

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Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

How does anyone get lost in the Wasatch? Look down, you'll see a town or a road. Trails are well defined. So are the canyons you hike up. I have no clue how anyone could get lost around here.

Ironman
SANTA CLARA, UT

"...the fire has burned an estimated 300 yards..." ???

32843
PROVO, UT

Geez, are you kidding me? I guess these folks have a little Cletus Spuckler in their gene pool. "we're lost. Let's light an entire tree on fire in these extremely hot and dry and conditions to alert search and rescue to our location. What can possibly go wrong?" My gosh, people, haven't you taken even a most basic survival course? You obviously didn't think that strategy through. What were you planning on doing once that tree reached its inevitable conclusion of starting a wild fire? You being lost already, where were you going to go once that wild fire turned into a firestorm?

Earnest T Bass is right. There are an awful lot of roads and trails throughout the Wasatch. You'd have had to wondered off the beaten path to get lost. Once lost, use your head. Rule number one of being lost in the Wasatch Mountains: DON'T START A TREE ON FIRE TO SIGNAL SEARCH AND RESCUE AS TO YOUR WHEREABOUTS! Sheesh.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

"Officials believe a lost family started a tree on fire in an effort to signal rescuers. But now that tree fire has spread into a wildfire..."

I'm speechless. Probably because I can't get my jaw off the floor.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Do we KNOW yet that the family actually started the fire. And that they started it as a signal?

If they survive, we can ask.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Well being lost is now only the beginning of your problems..... I am continually amazed at how truly dumb some people are and how being in the mountains is like being on Mars to them. You get lost so you start a forest fire to help someone locate you? First of all the fire will spread to potentially thousands of acres in short order ...so much for a help in locating you. Second a forest fire may kill you before anyone ever finds you. Again - you have to have the IQ of a potato to do stunt like this...

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

New Mexico has had massive fires seen from Santa Fe. Colorado has had two destructive fires. Arizona had it's fire tragedy a few days ago. That leaves a rainless in June (in parts like the SLC airport) Utah as the only four corner state left. Nevermind the weather risk (all these 20% chance of thunderstorms forecasts this week, many of which will be rather dry), apparently the human induced risk is quite elevated too.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

This could be the news story both liberals and conservatives agree: doing this was stupid.

justmeinnm
Albuquerque, NM

It looks so green there, yes my view is warped by the New Mexico brown! I too do not know how someone can get lost in Perry canyon. Didn't they have cell phones they could have turned on the GPS and someone could have pinged off their signal.

Outdoorsman2
Gold Canyon, AZ

Same thing triggerred obe of the largest most destructive wildfires in Arizona a few years back, lost female, lit a tree to signal helicopters.

NeilT
Clearfield, UT

Wait as minute. Did anyone who posted on here actually read the article. It was made clear they did not start a fire. As to the circumstances that led to the family being stranded that is not made clear. Come on people, don't be so quick to assign blame.

mominthetrenches
South Jordan, Utah

The article said they did NOT light the fire, people! There are many who are lost and disoriented annually in the Uintas...you people are so harsh! In these temperatures, possibly with little ones, I am happy they were found safe and unharmed.

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