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Fire Danger Extremely High in the State

Fire Danger Extremely High in the State

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John Daley ReportingFires burning across the state are a dramatic reminder of the dangerous conditions we're seeing all over our region. Fire crews worry this could be just the start of a long and hot summer.

Battalion Chief Duane Woolsey, with Unified Fire Authority, says fire conditions are, "Very persistent drought, very dry, very volatile. It's described as explosive."

That means just about any fire, any firework, any spark from grinding or welding is going to result in a fire, if there's fuel.

Fire danger is very high. The plants are tinder dry, ready to burn.

Fireworks are banned in many places, as well as outside fires and campfires.

For the folks who do choose to use fireworks, Woolsey says, "Make sure that you stay within the boundaries of where they're legal. They are illegal and banned in most of the state right now, and there are just a few areas that you're legally able to do it. So make you're within those areas and make sure you're using Utah legal fireworks."

Woosley also recommends you keep a bucket near you. He says after you've used your fireworks, drop them in the bucket and make sure they are out and not smoldering.

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