Police & Fire

44% of wildfires started by humans this fire season

Update (August 2): The Bettridge Fire is now mapped at 576 acres and 95% contained. Crews will continue to monitor and patrol.

UTAH — Even as fire restrictions abound throughout the state and officials plead with Utah residents to practice fire safety, humans were still responsible for 44% of wildfires this season, according to the season summary from Utah Fire Info.

Out of the 460 wildfires reported by Utah Fire Info this season, 200 were sparked by humans, 159 by natural causes and 98 by undetermined causes.

A graph of Utah wildfires this season separated by cause. Photo: Utah Fire Info

According to the Utah Wildfire Dashboard, nine new fires have begun in the last 24 hours, and responders are currently battling three large fires statewide, the Bettridge, Joeckey and Plateau fires.

The Bettridge Fire, located approximately 20 miles north of Wendover on the east slope of the Pilot range, was discovered on July 27. The fire is currently mapped at 613 acres and 10% containment. The cause of the fire its currently unknown.

“Minimal fire behavior observed overnight,” said a statement from Utah Fire Info. “The Northern Utah Type 3 team has taken management of the fire. Ground and air resources will continue to be utilized for full suppression efforts.”

The Plateau Fire was discovered on July 29, and is located in southern Washington County. The fire was started by natural causes, and is currently mapping 238.27 acres.

The Jockey Fire was discovered on July 28, and is located in southwest Beaver County. The fire was started by natural causes, is currently mapping 37 acres.

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