The fireworks ignited what has now been called the Traverse fire in the Traverse Mountains near Lehi, Utah, a city almost 30 miles south of Salt Lake City. No structures have been in danger and there have been no reported injuries, with authorities evacuating the surrounding areas.
Wildfire in my hometown, Lehi, UT— Zac Thayn (@zthaynac) June 28, 2020
Current temperature of 80° at 1:30 AM. RH is at 25% with wind gusts >40 mph. Mix that with relatively steep terrain and dry vegetation is not ideal for suppressing wildfires...#utwx pic.twitter.com/u16BXV57uq
North Lehi, Utah Fire. Arcs can be seen. Moving uphill to the northeast. pic.twitter.com/WjBRskLUW6— Firebreathing Scorpions (@joncastleton) June 28, 2020
WATCH: A 450 acre wildfire tore through Utah's Traverse Mountains Saturday night.— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) June 28, 2020
The fire was caused by fireworks and spread by “strong, gusty winds” according to @UtahWildfire who also says the suspect is cooperating with law enforcement pic.twitter.com/hCUwiqqlYF
Fireworks are banned in Utah, with the state fire marshal only permitting their use on particular days around Independent Day and Pioneer Day in July, and New Year’s Day in December and January. The person who is thought to have started the fire is complying with the authorities, Utah Fire Info shared on Twitter.
Two wildfires in southern Utah—the Antelope Fire and Rock Path Fire—have recently burned over 31 square miles altogether, with both ignited from lightning on Friday.
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