wildfire http://kuer.org en Unified Fire Authority Using State Grant to Mitigate Fire Risk on Traverse Mountain http://kuer.org/post/unified-fire-authority-using-state-grant-mitigate-fire-risk-traverse-mountain <p>Draper City and the Unified Fire Authority are working hand in hand to help mitigate fire danger on Traverse Mountain.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The area where firefighters are thinning out the underbrush is located on a steep hill leading right up into homes in the </span>SunCrest<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> neighborhood. Unified Fire Authority Captain Riley Pilgrim says they’re hoping to help reduce the fire risk of one of the most dangerous spots in the state.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:11:04 +0000 Brian Grimmett 49444 at http://kuer.org Unified Fire Authority Using State Grant to Mitigate Fire Risk on Traverse Mountain Fire Season Pauses For Now Thanks to El Nino http://kuer.org/post/fire-season-pauses-now-thanks-el-nino <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>Utah’s <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Salt+Lake+City&amp;state=UT&amp;site=SLC&amp;textField1=40.7608&amp;textField2=-111.89&amp;e=0#.U6CzEWRdXZU" target="_blank">cold, wet spell</a> is expected to continue through Wednesday, and that could cause a welcomed pause in the fire danger.</p><p>The long-term forecast projects a 70 to 80 percent likelihood of El Nino weather conditions for the rest of the year. And that could ease the drought in Utah.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 47949 at http://kuer.org Fire Season Pauses For Now Thanks to El Nino Rockport Fire Burns Homes, Forces Evacuations http://kuer.org/post/rockport-fire-burns-homes-forces-evacuations <p class="p1"><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">*Updated at 11:00 a.m. 8/16/13</strong></p><p class="p1">Summit County officials have removed the evacuation orders for the communities of Bridge Hollow and Promontory. Evacuation orders are still in effect for the communites of Rockport Estates and Rockport Ranches. Officials say those evacuations will remain at least through Monday.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:10:46 +0000 KUER News Staff 33893 at http://kuer.org Rockport Fire Burns Homes, Forces Evacuations Wildfires Continue to Burn in Eastern Utah http://kuer.org/post/wildfires-continue-burn-eastern-utah <p>Firefighters are still trying to contain three fires started in south eastern Utah last week.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Rock Creek Fire near Price, the Lackey Fan Fire near La Sal and the Dark Canyon Fire west of Monticello all began when a storm rolled through southeast Utah late last week.The Lackey Fan Fire is the biggest of the three having already burned about 900 acres with a crew of over 300 firefighters battling the blaze. The fire is currently burning in the opposite direction of La Sal and crews aren’t planning evacuations at this time. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:52:02 +0000 Brian Grimmett 31072 at http://kuer.org Wildfires Continue to Burn in Eastern Utah Utah Fire Officials Forecast a Difficult Summer http://kuer.org/post/utah-fire-officials-forecast-difficult-summer <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">High temperatures and dry conditions have thrust Utah into what could be a difficult fire season. Crews contained the Flood Canyon Fire in Tooele County on Monday and the National Weather Service issued a “Red Flag Warning” for the St. George area over the weekend.</span></p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:35:41 +0000 Nicole Nixon 30731 at http://kuer.org Utah Fire Officials Forecast a Difficult Summer KUER News Pod: Tuesday May 14, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-may-14-2013 <p>The U.S. government tries to stop a new Utah law from going into effect, sequestration could have a large impact on wildfire season, and local fallen police officers are honored in Washington D.C.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F92180109&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 14 May 2013 17:47:08 +0000 Brian Grimmett 29260 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday May 14, 2013 Federal Budget Cuts Weaken Wildfire Preparedness http://kuer.org/post/federal-budget-cuts-weaken-wildfire-preparedness <p></p><p></p><p>Federal officials are preparing for what is expected to be a challenging fire season this year, specifically in the west. The forecast comes amid diminished federal firefighting dollars as a result of sequestration.&nbsp;</p><p>Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the number of fires that have already burned across the U.S. this year are down from last year by about 5,000. But Vilsack warns not to be lulled into a false sense of security. He says droughts continue to plague much of the country and federal budgets are strained.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 22:13:04 +0000 Whittney Evans 29220 at http://kuer.org Federal Budget Cuts Weaken Wildfire Preparedness KUER News Pod: Monday May 13, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-monday-may-13-2013 <p>Utah strikes a deal to split responsibility with the federal government for its health exchange, the Unified Fire Authority puts a deputy chief on administrative leave for prescription fraud, and the Utah fire season arrives.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F92014222&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 17:35:28 +0000 Brian Grimmett 29194 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Monday May 13, 2013 Utah Wildfires Spurring Two New GOP Sponsored Bills http://kuer.org/post/utah-wildfires-spurring-two-new-gop-sponsored-bills <p>Lawmakers, the state forester, local law enforcement and the Utah Farm Bureau Federation are trying to build support for two bills that deal with an intense wildfire season expected again this Summer. Both are sponsored by Republican Senator Margaret Dayton.&nbsp; Senate Bill 62 would expand the governor’s ability to authorize all water sources needed to fight fires while SB 120 would put time and place restrictions on target shooting. State Forester Dick Buehler says just a small fraction of the 1528 wildfires last year were started by target shooters.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 23:09:22 +0000 Bob Nelson 24704 at http://kuer.org Utah Wildfires Spurring Two New GOP Sponsored Bills KUER News Pod: Tuesday July 10, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-july-10-2012 A local LDS church leader’s statement causes a neighborhood divide in Provo, Salt Lake City expands its SmartTrips program, and the Utah state forester says he’ll soon start restricting target shooting. That and more in today's News Pod.<iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F52396389&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a"></iframe> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 17:29:03 +0000 Brian Grimmett 14734 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday July 10, 2012 KUER News Pod: Monday July 2, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-monday-july-2-2012 <p>Two new wildfires are burning in Utah, a few local cities are cancelling their 4th of July fireworks shows, and in downtown Salt Lake, a couple of peregrine falcons take their first flight. Those stories and more in today&#39;s News Pod.</p><br /><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F51579913&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a"></iframe> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 21:09:10 +0000 Brian Grimmett 14398 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Monday July 2, 2012 Wildfire Forces Thousands to Evacuate Homes http://kuer.org/post/wildfire-forces-thousands-evacuate-homes <p>A wildfire continues to burn Friday evening in Western Utah County near Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain. Mandatory evacuations have forced thousands of people out of their homes.</p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 23:37:51 +0000 Andrea Smardon & Todd Patton 13904 at http://kuer.org Wildfire Forces Thousands to Evacuate Homes Federal Agencies Issue Statewide Fire Restrictions http://kuer.org/post/federal-agencies-issue-statewide-fire-restrictions <p>New restrictions to help prevent wildfires across Utah were put in place Thursday. The dry weather and lack of rain have created an early and intense fire season that is expected to continue if conditions don&rsquo;t change.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 23:04:22 +0000 Ray Howze 13459 at http://kuer.org Federal Agencies Issue Statewide Fire Restrictions