As firefighting costs pass $6 million, officials tout success protecting homes in Utah County

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  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2018 12:35 p.m.

    6 million bucks and counting. When they first noticed the wind picking up 3 guys with shovels could have put it out!

    It appears the gross incompetence of the federal government has now overtaken the Forest Service also!

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    Sept. 19, 2018 10:57 a.m.

    To all the global warmers out there, you need to refrain from using your computers and phones to comment, they use electricity. Need to set an example.

  • Spangs Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2018 10:32 a.m.

    Just grateful today for the work of those brave firefighters! Thank you.

    A few notes:
    -Welcome to the new normal. This is what global warming looks like.

    -This fire again demonstrates how assuming control of public lands would bankrupt our state.

    -It will be hard to blame this on forestry mismanagement. Most of what is burned is scrub and gamble oak; nothing that more logging would have helped. These lands are also actively grazed. More active fire breaks could have helped, but you cant put fire breaks everywhere. There just isn't some magical solution for this, though I am sure many out there are figuring out how to pin it on 'big government.'

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 19, 2018 10:15 a.m.

    Fire is a necessary thing to keep the wild outdoors healthy. Given this why don't we be at peace with fire and start building structures that are fire proof in areas where fire is a threat?

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    Sept. 19, 2018 8:50 a.m.

    There won't be any need for a forest service after they get through burning the forest down.

  • Denyse Dayton, USA, OH
    Sept. 19, 2018 8:31 a.m.

    To both end wildfires quicker and cleaner, Utah should allow AirWars Defense lp to test its Evaporated Nitrogen Gas Cloud method of fire suppressant. This will not use fresh water, saving it for communities and agriculture. The test uses 4 cu.ft. of liquid Nitrogen putting it through a perforated trough in the fire draft. As it falls like rain (cryorain) it evaporates into a cohesive, inert, starting cryogenically cold, pure N2 Nitrogen gas cloud drawn into the fire. This cloud is transparent in smoke, displaces all but N2 Nitrogen including Oxygen ending the flames like it were put out by a light switch, and cools the fuel reducing re-ignition. The cloud expands to 1,000 cu.ft. at ambient temperature and increases to 2,800 cu.ft. at inferno temperature. It rises above the forest canopy and mixes with the air which is 78% N2 Nitrogen and 21% Oxygen. $15,000 is needed for the test and should be done on a currently burning wildfire. Hopefully, Utah will allow the test. If successful, from the data taken during the test we can estimate the liquid Nitrogen needed to end the entire fire. And from then on, Utah has another choice of fire suppressant and method to use on fires.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 19, 2018 8:07 a.m.

    Thank you firefighters and everyone who supports these arduous efforts.

  • drich Green River, Utah
    Sept. 19, 2018 7:39 a.m.

    The U.S . Forest Department needs to pay for most of the cost out of their budget and fire the neglect.

  • Just want to know...... Northern Utah, UT
    Sept. 19, 2018 5:07 a.m.

    Good going fire crews and their leaders! You are doing a fantastic job!

  • bassoonlady OREM, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 3:11 p.m.

    Hopefully this means better air soon.

  • Johnny Triumph Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 2:28 p.m.

    Guess we can call the firebreak a road now!

    Seriously, our fire management policies are terrible and clash directly with everything forest and/or wilderness policy dictates.