The National Weather Service issued "Red Flag Warnings" for eastern and southern Utah on Monday given low humidity, severe drought conditions and wind gusts.
Experts are concerned about fire danger in Duchesne, Carbon, Emery, Wayne and Garfield counties. There is also concern for parts of Beaver, Iron and Washington counties. Experts say the gusty winds and low humidity aren't good for this time of year.
— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) April 4, 2021
"Having [a red flag warning] in April isn't unheard of, but it's not that common either," said John Wilson, a meteorologist for the Salt Lake City NWS branch. "It's also important to remember that while there is high fire danger, a lot of wildfires are caused by people."
— Brek Bolton (@brekbolt) April 5, 2021
Record-breaking temperatures in some areas of Utah along with a very dry start to April have fire crews across the state responding to numerous wildfires, most of which have been caused by human carelessness.
“The conditions are there for a busy wildfire season," Utah Forestry, Fire and State Lands spokeswoman Kait Webb said.
Dry and windy today with numerous Red Flag Warnings in effect. Let's help out our firefighting community today by avoiding fire starts:— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) April 5, 2021
-Avoid dragging tow chains
-Avoid parking cars/ATVs on dry grass
-Cautious with target shooting#utwx pic.twitter.com/Ifp0M4zGSM
“The biggest thing about a Red Flag Warning is the combination that comes with that — so the wind, the low humidity and the warm temperatures," Webb said. "That is the perfect recipe for wildfire to easily start and quickly grow."
Target shooting is already to blame for nearly all of the wildfires sparked in Northern Utah on Bureau of Land Management property since mid-February.
“Be aware of the conditions that we’re in. That’s the starting point — understand what it means when we say we’re in a drought and how those conditions can affect the different recreational activities that you engage in," Webb said.
Red flag warning due to winds and low RH issued by the @NWSSaltLakeCity will be in effect until Monday at 10 pm. Be careful out there Utah! #wildfireprevention #utah #ffsljc pic.twitter.com/bf9cLhBHyb— Utah Fire Info (@UtahWildfire) April 4, 2021