As Summer Approaches, We Need Your Help To Prevent Wildfires


Press Release

SALT LAKE (May 23, 2024) — Hot and dry temperatures are predicted for the first of June, and fire personnel are asking for the public’s help to prevent human-caused wildfires. This summer, an abundant amount of fine, flashy fuels (dry grass and shrubs) has grown tall and thick in many places, creating extreme wildland fire conditions.

“It’s crucial we remain vigilant and keep wildfire risk at the top of our minds this year. So, let’s all do our part and exercise good Fire Sense and keep Utah wildfire-free,” says Kayli Guild, Prevention and Communications Coordinator with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands.

Sparks can be thrown from vehicles and trailers that are not properly maintained, and a vehicle can cause roadside fires without the driver’s knowledge. So, before you depart, make sure your vehicle and trailers are properly maintained by ensuring safety chains are not dragging, wheel bearings are well greased, and tires are properly inflated to help prevent a blown tire.

Remember to completely extinguish your campfire before leaving. Bring a bucket of water and a shovel, and use the “Douse, Stir, Check for Heat, Repeat” method to ensure the fire is out. Currently, there are no fire restrictions in effect. Before camping, check for area restrictions at

When target shooting, use safe ammunition and targets. Find a suitable backdrop without rocks and dry grass. Keep a shovel, water, or a fire extinguisher nearby. Exploding targets are not allowed on public lands.

Many summer celebrations use Chongming lanterns, sky candles, fire balloons, and sky lanterns. Although they are not explicitly prohibited, they are a fire hazard if they come into contact with dry vegetation. Please use caution as you celebrate this summer.

In addition, beginning June 1, 2024, Utah will implement the closed fire season through October 31, 2024. For more information regarding open burning on private and unincorporated land, please  for specifics.

Remember, it’s our collective responsibility to enjoy outdoor activities safely and responsibly. So, let’s all do our part to protect Utah’s great outdoors! We can all help reduce human-caused fires this season by keeping the Wild out of Fire.

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