Utah's 2018 wildfire season among the worst as estimated firefighting bill tops $47 million

Utah's 2018 wildfire season among the worst

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  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    July 23, 2018 12:37 p.m.

    "How have all the dead pines (bark beetle caused), impact the fires? Is it true some environmentalists block all efforts to eradicate the bark beetle?"

    Right- it's environmentalists that cause forest fires. How would you know about bark beetles? That would require science. Republicans reject science.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    July 23, 2018 11:32 a.m.

    47 million? Drop in the bucket compared to the profits and taxes generated by the fireworks industry that "donate" to Utah politicians. Right Governor?

  • RockOn1224 Spanish Fork, UT
    July 23, 2018 9:32 a.m.

    How have all the dead pines (bark beetle caused), impact the fires? Is it true some environmentalists block all efforts to eradicate the bark beetle? I went to Mirror Lake recently and in some areas more than half the trees were dead.

  • B-Real2 Saratoga Springs, UT
    July 23, 2018 8:36 a.m.

    I believe it’s still legal to launch aerial fireworks 8 data in July (thankfully the State took some steps this past year and reduced this from 14 days in July). Makes zero sense to still have 8. Please Utah govt, get in line with all the other Western states and get this under control. No one here requires the right to launch fire into the air 8 days this month.

  • quackquack Park City, UT
    July 23, 2018 6:51 a.m.

    The Cost of these fires will be a drop in the bucket once Utah take over Fed Land, Utah now will be solely on the hook to pay for those areas in addition to the 300+ million they already have to pay.

  • BestSolutions Orem, UT
    July 22, 2018 11:30 p.m.

    What do you expect from a desert state with temperatures in July from 90 to 100 degrees, everything extremely dry and combustible and allowing very dangerous aerial fireworks. Utah and its legislators have legalized the destruction of the entire state all for a few dollars of sales tax which won't even begin to cover the cost of fighting these fires. The city of Orem had 12 fires alone that the fire department had to respond to from fireworks. Living in Utah in July is like living in a real war zone, complete with ear deafening explosions, tons of suffocating smoke, and people being hurt and property being damaged. When I talked to the fire Marshall he said there were literally thousands of people just in Orem who are fed up with this going on. The Utah legislature has done what the Federal Government sought to do in the Pioneer days and what Milburn Boggs tried to do in Missouri which is to destroy the Mormon population. They burned down the Saints houses and crops and forced them out of Missouri. Brigham Young was willing to fight by burning down crops that would have supplied the invading army. The Saints survived, but now we are burning down the whole state ourselves!!

  • ConservativeCommonTater West Valley City, UT
    July 22, 2018 10:08 p.m.

    Just imagine how this would turn out if Utah took control of Federal lands. Utah would go bankrupt or go begging to the Feds for welfare payments to help pay for the costs.

    Best to leave the Federal lands to the Feds. Utah couldn't handle the fire fighting or the expense.

    Legislators and national Representatives, be careful what you wish for.... your eyes are bigger than your wallet.