Fire season officially here

Fire season officially here

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GREEN RIVER -- Dozens of wildfires are burning across Utah right now.

Fire officials say the wet weather we experienced up until this month delayed the onset of wildfire season, but now it is here with a vengeance. At least 28 fires have sparked up across the state.

"All the elements are into play for fire season to finally get going," said Jason Curry with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. "Things are dried out. We've had some lightning with these storms."

Most of the fires currently burning are not large in scale, and firefighters say resources so far are not a problem. But Curry said the potential for them to be bad is here. The spring kept grasses green, delaying fires.

"Not only are they dried out right now but that wet spring really gave them a chance to get taller than they normally do, which is going to me a more intense burn early on in those low grasses," Curry told KSL NewsRadio from the scene of a wildfire in the Book Cliffs near Green River.


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