National Weather Service warns of high fire danger in parts of Utah

Posted at 1:03 PM, Aug 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-21 19:01:38-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for northwest and central Utah on Friday.  It is expected to last until 10:00 p.m.

That means high fire danger for Salt Lake City, Provo, Ogden and into Cache Valley.  On Saturday, there may be more extreme fire danger in northwestern Utah, according to a map from the U.S. National Fire Danger.

Wildfires have burned more than a million acres in the western part of the United States this year.

They have sent in firefighters from across the country and the military.

For the last few days, we have seen the impact those fires have had here in Salt Lake City. There is a thick haze that's trapped in the valley.

According to the NWS, the Red Flag Warning also means people need to be careful outside.

"During dry conditions you want to obviously avoid outside burns," said NWS meteorologist Monica Traphagan.  "Another thing that's caused fire starts that we have seen a lot lately is target shooting in fields.  Anything that has potential to start a fire you want to especially avoid because any accidental fire start could turn into something large very quickly."

The State Division of Forestry Fire said it will be increasing its staffing and patrols during Friday's red flag warning.