Fire restoration services from experts like AAA Restoration in Utah will be more necessary in 2017, as the extent of destruction this year has been more severe than 2016, according to state wildfire spokesman Jason Curry.
Despite a “fairly average fire season” overall, Curry said that the destruction comprised damages to land acreage, homes and fire incidents in urban areas.
Officials have focused most of their response and prevention measures in urban areas, where the number of fires rose to more than 100 so far in 2017, as opposed to more than 50 last year, according to Curry.
During the previous year, there were a total of 1,080 fires in the state that damaged more than 102,000 acres of land. By late October, the state already recorded more than 230,000 acres of burnt land due to 1,114 fires. The damages also included 19 destroyed homes, up from just three houses in 2016. In Southern Utah, fire restrictions have been extended until Nov. 15 because of high temperatures and low humidity.
The fire restrictions should have ended by Oct 31, yet the current weather conditions in Utah’s southwest contributes to a higher risk of wildfires. The extension aims to mitigate the likelihood of such incidents to take place, as there have been a huge number of fires caused by people in 2017.
Brian Cottam of the Utah Department of Natural Resources said that extended fire restrictions cover Washington, Beaver, Iron, Garfield and Kane Counties. These rules would ban anyone without a permit from creating open flames on private or public land. Wildfires are not just common in Utah, as other states such as California also deal with this problem.
Households in Utah should do their part in preventing the occurrence of wildfires in the state for the sake of their own lives and properties.