SALT LAKE CITY — More than 80% of Utah is in at least a moderate drought heading into July while parts of the Wasatch Front, central Utah and southeast Utah are at least listed as being in at least severe droughts.
As a result of a drier year, state and federal fire officials reported 537 total fires in the state as of Monday. Of those, at least 79% were believed to be human-caused.
The Traverse Fire that broke out late Saturday night highlights the dangers of launching fireworks, especially near foothills and canyons. Fire officials have pinpointed that as the cause of the large blaze that led to homes in Lehi and Draper to be evacuated.
Per state law, fireworks cannot be launched except for four periods of the year that total 10 days. Those are New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year’s Eve, as well as July 2-5 and July 22-25 for the Independence Day and Pioneer Day holidays. For those July holiday periods, people can launch fireworks between 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and up to midnight on the day of the holiday.
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