'The West is burning,' and Utah fire officials fear repeat of last year

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  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    June 21, 2013 3:24 a.m.

    Politics, it always makes nothing into something. I don't think more than a few fire were related to fireworks last year and this scare campaign is some left wing nut advocates using what ifs and maybes to cause chaos.

    I think Utah is ready and due a state wide cleansing of the trash and rubble that has been piling up for the last 75 years of undergrowth gone into critical mass and a fire is the only way to cleans the environment. Maybe they should establish some let it burn zones every year and let nature replenish with new growth saplings and trees and grasses resistant to wild fire, like the prairie grass that was here before we brought in specialty grasses and brush for decorations.

    Homes in the wild are built at risk on BLM land leases and taxpayers are not obligated to protect them. Property taxes for fire protections are not included anymore, the UFD are now an independent contractor and not a public works agency we can expect service from. They can tax us independently to provide services as stockholders allow. Is this a hint campaign for stockholders earning?

  • paraskoulu PROVO, UT
    June 20, 2013 6:38 p.m.

    Asking for people to "be smart" is a tall order around here.

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    June 20, 2013 6:24 p.m.

    And yet we're going to shoot off tons (literally) of spark and flame-producing fireworks shortly. Makes sense to me (not).

  • Heidi T. Farmington, UT
    June 20, 2013 6:01 p.m.

    We can ban WATER, but we can't ban FIREWORKS?? Is this...could it be...about MONEY?

  • 32843 PROVO, UT
    June 20, 2013 5:33 p.m.

    It won't matter if they ban fireworks altogether. There will always be people among us who lack common sense. They will go in the driest parts of the valley where they can shoot their weapons, using ammo that has potential for igniting fire, and run the risk of destroying lives because they just have to shoot, or have a campfire, or ride their motorbikes/atv's through dry brush, or any other number of dumb things people do. And let's not forget the inevitable kids being kids and we're in for another bad summer.

    Unless they can outlaw stupid I think it's inevitable that we're going to have another summer like we had last year.

  • FreedomFighter41 Orem, UT
    June 20, 2013 5:11 p.m.

    And yet our Utah Legislature usurped the power from cities and townships to determine which fireworks were legal and illegal. Now every single Utah community has fallen under the tyranny of Utah's Legislative body.

    What happened to local control?

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 20, 2013 5:02 p.m.

    Colorado had their most damaging fire on record already at Colorado Springs a couple weeks ago beating out the record set the previous year with the other Colorado Springs fire. There's definitely a lot of potential for it to be at least as bad as last year in Utah.