SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Utah is setting records with this year’s wildfire season, but not the good kind. Fire officials said we’ve already seen 58 percent more human-caused fires compared to last year.
During a Wildfire Wednesday update on social media, Kait Webb, with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands said that so far this year, there have been 1,210 wildfires throughout the state. There’s been at least one new wildfire start every day since April 18th. Cumulatively, 2020’s wildfires have burned approximately 207,400 acres.
Approximately 75 percent or 905 of 2020’s wildfires were human-caused. Comparing that to past years, there were only 525 total human-caused fires in 2019 and 583 in 2018.
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