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Gov. Cox thanking Utahns for fewer human-caused wildfires, despite drought

Utah Fire Info wildfire June 2021
Utah Fire Info

Human-caused wildfires are down for the second year in a row even though 100 percent of our state experienced drought conditions and now Governor Spencer Cox is thanking Utahns.

Utah had 489 human-caused fires in 2022; that's down from 548 in 2021 and is much lower than the 946 blazes in 2020 that consumed more than 87,000 acres. That's according to State Fire Management Officer Brett Ostler.

Utahns rose to the occasion and took the challenge to use their 'Fire Sense' this year,” Ostler said. “Throughout the state, the numbers show people are changing their behaviors."

Wildfires started by motor vehicles around dry grass and other fuels, agriculture and debris burning and abandoned campfires remain areas of concern for fire management officials, Ostler told KPCW.

The following stats are recorded from January 1 to November 1 each year.

Year (Jan. 1 - Nov. 1)Human-caused wildfiresAcres burned
202248924,177
202154823,146
202094687,053
Gov. Cox thanks Utahns for fewer human-caused wildfires

Ashton Edwards jumped at the chance to join the KPCW team as director of digital media in 2022. She has been telling stories for a living for about a decade with stints in Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, St. Louis and now Park City.