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Pics of the month: Fires on land, fires in the sky — and snow in July?

By Carter Williams, | Posted - Jul. 31, 2019 at 8:15 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY — July is statistically the driest month of the year in Salt Lake City, as well as much of the state. Much of the state began to dry out to the point that nearly 13% of Utah is now listed as "abnormally dry" by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

That also meant more fires sparked in July, and several photos you sent us over the month represented that — although there was a big flash flood also last week.

A large tanker drops its payload over the Round Peak Fire in Utah County on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. (Photo: Garrett Giles, iWitness)
A photo of the Alaska Fire burning near Provo during the early hours of Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (Photo: Carlos Van Hoose, iWitness)

July also provided more of Utah's fiery sunrises and sunsets as well, and those also dominated the photos you sent us.

A sunset after a rainstorm in Utah County on Saturday, July 13, 2019. (Photo: Stephen Bacon, iWitness)
A sunset in Delta on Saturday, July 6, 2019. (Photo: Serena Wixom, iWitness)
A sunset over Lake Powell near Bullfrog on Monday, July 22, 2019. (Photo: Danny Hulse, iWitness)

Despite the fires on land and in the sky, we were also reminded how prolific winter and spring had been based on how much snow remained in the mountains during the month. For example, Snowbird's last day of skiing was July 4. Director of Product Stephan Bergen ventured up Lone Peak on Saturday, where he came across a decent amount of snow for late July as you can see in these photos.

Snow approaching the Lone Peak cirque on Saturday, July 27, 2019. (Photo: Stephan Bergen,
A panoramic view of Hidden Peak at Snowbird on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo: Stephan Bergen,

For more photos throughout Utah and nearby states taken throughout the month, check out the gallery below.

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