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State Firefighters Prepare for 'Big' Fire Season

Published on March 18, 2014 at 01:05PM

It is only the Middle of March, but already the state’s firefighters are preparing for what they believe could be a very busy wildfire season, particularly in Utah’s Dixie. Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands spokesman Jason Curry told KSL that crews are concerned about southern Utah because the winter has failed to lift the area from its ongoing drought. Curry said “We’re going to have some fires, and we may even have some big fires.” According to KSL, state fire managers said the prevailing weather pattern is shaping up similarly to two bad fire years, 2005 and 2011.

KSL reports that the year 2005 is considered to be southern Utah’s worst wildfire season in recent memory, with wildfires that burned more than 30,000 acres seeming almost routine that year. Curry said crews are already out checking for moisture in fire “fuels” like grasses, brush and trees. He suspected the dry conditions could lead to more massive fires.