The Pine Hollow Fire near Kanab on the Utah -Arizona border started July 29 and has burned around 11,373 acres. The Pine Hollow Fire near Kanab on the Utah -Arizona border started July 29 and has burned around 11,373 acres.
Wondering where all the smoke is coming from that is drifting across Utah this afternoon? The answer is it is likely from the wildfires burning near Las Vegas.
|2020 Utah wildfires|
|Total area||329,732 acres|
|Cost||>$103 million (suppression)|
|Date(s)||May 12 – November 7|
SALT LAKE CITY — It’s starting to get a bit smoky across northern Utah and it’s not at all because of the handful of active wildfires currently burning across the state. It’s instead largely a result of the dozens of wildfires currently burning hundreds of thousands of acres across California and Nevada.
Campfires are allowed in all developed recreation sites, campgrounds, picnic areas, and home sites that are maintained and administered by the agency, or home sites where running water is present are allowed . Stoves or grills that are fueled solely by liquid petroleum fuels are also allowed .
Though our air quality is hardly on the scale of the Front Range of Colorado, much less California, it is noticeably smoky here in our desert town. In addition to the typical weather patterns that blow from the west carrying smoke , too.
Current Burn Status State regulations prohibit residents from burning wood or coal on no burn days. Regulations cover Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah , and Weber Counties and include fireplaces and wood, pellet, and coal burning stoves.
The cause of the smoke rolling into Southern Utah is the Lake Fire, which is burning in the Angeles National Forest west of Lancaster, California. The fire, burning near Lake Hughes, is up to 10,500 acres and is producing a large plume of smoke that has been seen around Southern California.
|Air Quality Index (AQI)||PM 2.5||Ozone|
|Moderate||12.1 – 35.4 µg/m3||0.055 – 0.070 ppm|
|Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups||35.5 – 55.4 µg/m3||0.071 – 0.085 ppm|
|Unhealthy||55.5 – 150.4 µg/m3||0.086 – 0.105 ppm|
(Mike Rank | FOX 13) The Range Fire burns in Provo Canyon on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. A wildfire that forced temporary evacuations and has burned more than 3,000 acres in Provo Canyon was started by an Orem police officer target shooting at the department’s gun range, investigators say.
Why does Salt Lake City create so much air pollution ? Fossil fuel is responsible for creating much Salt Lake City air pollution . One study estimated that roughly 85 percent of harmful emissions are the result of fossil fuel combustion, largely owing to home and building heating and traffic.
In 2020 , over 58,250 wildfires burned 10.3 million acres , the most acreage impacted in a year (see Figure 2); nearly 40% of these acres were in California. Nearly half of the acres impacted were on NFS lands. This report will be updated with additional 2020 summary statistics when those figures are available.
The largest wildfire in modern history was the Black Friday Bushfire in Australia’s Victoria State in January 1939, burning some 4.9 million acres and claiming 71 lives.