Townhall meeting will discuss upcoming wildfire season

The 2018 fire season was Utah’s worst in recent memory, burning dozens of homes, nearly 500,000 acres and causing $100 million in damages, according to state officials.

Preparing for the 2019 fire season will be the topic of discussion at a town hall meeting Wednesday, June 19 from 7-9 p.m. at the Historic Cache County Courthouse, 199 N. Main Street, Logan.

Rep. Casey Snider will conduct the meeting, along with state and local representatives, experts from the Cache County Fire District and the Utah Division of Forestry Fire.

“Last year was so dry and fire was on the minds of everybody,” said Snider. “This year, you’ll look outside and it’s lush and green and there’s still snow on the mountains. There may be a tendency to not feel as concerned about what’s coming up or fire at all.”

The reality, according the Snider, “There’s still going to be an active fire season. We have them every year, it just may be delayed with the spring moisture,” he said.

“There’s going to be a lot of fuel on the ground,” added Snider. “There are things as an individual land owner you can physically do on your own to make sure your home or your cabin is safe in the event that we have a fire.”

The Wednesday night town hall is the second in a series of summer meetings discussing various issues affecting Cache Valley residents.

Unlike last month’s controversial tax reform town hall, Snider said wildfire mitigation is something everyone agrees needs to take place.

“There will be a lot of agreement and cross agency cooperation represented,” said Snider.

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