2012 wildfire season a destructive one in Utah; will 2013 be as bad?

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  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 21, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    Will 2013 fire season be as bad? The evidence suggests yes, it will be as bad or worse. And it has nothing to do with weather or vegetation.

    Half of last year's most destructive fires in Utah (the ones near populous areas) were started by target shooting. With the number of firearms in the hands of people with poor judgment much higher this year (thanks to the Sandy Hook shootings), there will doubtless be more people with poor judgment out target shooting. That will lead to more fires.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    June 15, 2013 4:26 a.m.

    It would be my guess that fires will become more often and bigger as we scorch the earth and deprive it of water and dehydrate the land to greater depths in the water tables that cannot bear plants or animals who are instrumental in environmental conditions.

    Population over growth and use is part of the equation but we have been systematically removing water at alarming rates from the environment and earthly weather conditions, especially over dry and arid land masses of the west. And its moving eastward now with no end in sight.

    There is talk of taking water from the Mississippi to pipe it to the Midwest now so when will the government and business come to terms with conservation and stop water toxification development to preserve our land and humans? Watering lawns and farm land recycles water to the earth and deeper. Fracking and nuclear power is toxic water waste we have to bury in billions of gallons/yr in indestructible drums for 10,000 years.

    Fires, very likely and more efforts must be made to implement fire brakes around all cities, and homes and concentrate control to lives. Forrest can regrow but lives and families cannot.