Utah's fire officials continue fighting flames as smoke worsens air quality

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  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 14, 2018 12:33 a.m.

    Human caused or lightning caused what does it matter? The bottom line is Utah forests are destroyed for generations. The effects? Errosion and polluted streams which will destroy fish populations as well as poison ground water run off. Wildlife such as deer and elk herds will be impacted in a big way. Recreaction areas closed for decades. Utah is simply not equipped to take care of its dwindling forests sadly.

  • BestSolutions Orem, UT
    Aug. 13, 2018 7:06 a.m.

    In July the whole state has people who are playing with fire because the state government has legalized the extreme fireworks or aerial fireworks. There are many many fires started by these fireworks, we can at least make these fireworks illegal again and this will help the fire problems and smoke problem in Utah. There have been 3 fireworks accidents just on my street alone. These fireworks terrify me, and according to the Orem fire marshall I am not alone. He said there are thousands of people in Orem who feel the way I do. They want the aerial fireworks gone. They are tired of spending every July trying to prevent their homes from burning up. I really feel that the state of Utah has betrayed the safety of its citizens because of the fireworks lobby. If there are thousands of people in Orem then there must be millions in the state of Utah who want the aerials gone! Legislators need to protect the state and its citizens, get rid of aerial fireworks.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2018 1:33 a.m.

    How about we just listen to the experts who study these things? Oh right, that'd probably make too much sense.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Aug. 12, 2018 8:56 p.m.

    To Iron Guy:

    re: "Meanwhile our "conservative" leaders continue to ignore the obvious causes of climate change and press to make it even worse. It's madness."

    Talk about ridiculous politicizing of western fires. There is little evidence that the fires are the result of a couple degree rise in temps over decades. I grew up in California and large fires have been the norm as long as I can remember. I used to sit on the roof of our home in the foothills and run a hose over our shake-shingle roof as fires burned in the hills just a few hundred yards from our home. As trees would explode into flame, large pieces of burning ash would fall all around. This has been going on for a LONG time, at least 40-50 yrs that I can remember, mile after mile on fire.

    BTW, the more likely political causes are not from "conservative" leaders, but from environmental groups who have blocked reasonable forest management practices such as harvesting trees, or allowing smaller fires to burn at clear some of the fuel. These factors have been shown to be FAR more proximate causes of California fires than minor changes in climate seen in the past half century.

    BTW

  • wrz Springville, UT
    Aug. 12, 2018 5:44 p.m.

    @B-Real2:
    "It would be great if our state and local governments would take a look at consistent human causes of fires. The one in Saratoga Springs started yesterday from target shooters."

    Wouldn't surprise me if many of the fires across the nation are man-made... intentionally. The US has many enemies that would like to see us in constant turmoil. We see where people are being killed by vehicles being driven into crowds. And we see where others are being shot at schools and from hotel rooms across the street. Fires, so far, have burned thousands of homes and killed several residents... And some firemen too.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 12, 2018 3:04 p.m.

    Irony Guy

    “This situation can only get worse as the globe heats up.”

    There’s no proof that man is responsible for global warming.

    There is, however, ample evidence that poor forest management has exacerbated forest fires.

  • B-Real2 Saratoga Springs, UT
    Aug. 12, 2018 9:07 a.m.

    It would be great if our state and local governments would take a look at consistent human causes of fires. The one in Saratoga Springs started yesterday from target shooters. We live in a desert and allow people too much leeway for fireworks and target shooting in the summer time. Having lived in a Colorado where multiple fires have comes down from hillsides and wiped out entire neighborhoods, I’m guessing our govts will only act once hundreds of homeowners have lost everything.

  • Da_one41 SLC, UT
    Aug. 12, 2018 6:49 a.m.

    It is past time we implement active management of our public lands. It does not matter if it is Federal or State management, but we need active management immediately. 100+ years of fire suppression and 50+ years of litigation against logging and grazing have created fuel loads on our public lands that exceed all historic norms. Native Americans used fire to clear areas for 're-growth' to attract wildlife and our Western forests have always been fire adaptive. Unfortunately, today we can not allow uncontrolled fire to sweep across the west. Not only do we have structures... we also have fuel loads that make fires 'catastrophic', they burn much hotter (sometimes sterilizing the ground) and carry farther and faster than normal. Time to remove the lawsuits and over-regulations and allow the professional Foresters at the Forest Service to do their jobs. Our Air Quality, Water Quality, Wildlife and Forests and Rangelands deserve better.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Aug. 12, 2018 6:15 a.m.

    This situation can only get worse as the globe heats up.

    The day will come when the major cities of the West will be evacuated as firestorms sweep through them. What happened to Redding CA is a foretaste of what will happen here on the Wasatch Front eventually.

    Meanwhile our "conservative" leaders continue to ignore the obvious causes of climate change and press to make it even worse. It's madness.