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Utah Wildfires

Utah has taken extensive action to address its current wildfire risks and is taking some action to track trends in wildfires and their impacts. However, it has done little to plan for its future risks.

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For more information on how prepared Utah is for its growing wildfires threat, read the detailed state summary.

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Is Utah Taking Action?

  • Utah tracks trends in wildfire impacts over time to inform preparedness activities
  • Utah addresses its current wildfire risks through programs such as the Catastrophic Wildfire Reduction Plan, Community Planning for Fire Protection Program, Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program, and Forest Stewardship Program
  • The state has taken almost no action to develop a climate change adaptation plan or implement adaptation measures

Did you know...

  • There were six times more large wildfires (larger than 1,000 acres) burning each year, on average, over the past ten years on U.S. Forest Service land in Utah than in the 1970s
  • The average area burned each year, on average over the last 10 years is now nearly 29 times greater than it was in the 1970s
  • By 2050, Utah’s average number of days with high wildfire potential is projected to increase from 40 to nearly 65 days a year