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New Warning from Fire Officials as We Approach Pioneer Day

New Warning from Fire Officials as We Approach Pioneer Day

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Cleon Wall, KSL NewsradioWith virtually no rain in sight, more and more fire officials are warning about the dangers and costs of starting a wildfire.

The hills above Farr West are amber waves of dry grass and weeds, and the Weber County Fire Marshal wants to make sure they don't go up in flames. Marshal Ted Black says, "My personal recommendation is if you are up in the mountains, anywhere, don't start a fire--period."

Black says if you do want to roast some marshmallows, make sure there is no dry vegetation around and that you are using a metal or concrete fire pit.

He also says, don't use illegal fireworks, because if you're caught, it's a $1,000 fine and some jail time. If it starts a fire, it would be more out of your pocket and possibly a felony.

Black says, "The message we want to send isn't a message of fear. We live in a beautiful state, and we would like to keep it beautiful."

Black just wants more people to be more responsible.

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