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High fire danger in Summit County ahead of Fourth of July, Red Flag Warning issued

SUMMIT COUNTY — A Red Flag Warning was issued on the morning of July 3 for numerous Utah counties, including Summit and Wasatch Counties.

The warning will be in place from noon to 9 p.m. due to low relative humidity and high winds.

“Critical fire conditions can occur with new or existing fires that can spread rapidly. Use caution with anything that can spark a fire,” said a statement from Utah Fire Info.

Additionally, the fire danger level in Summit County increased from moderate to high on July 2, just in time for Fourth of July fireworks.

According to Utah Fire Info, fires can easily start from most causes when fire danger is high. Unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape, and fire spreading rapidly and short-distance spotting is common.

“There are no active fires or fire restrictions in unincorporated Summit County at this time,” said a statement from Summit County. “Please practice #FireSense during your Independence Day celebrations.”

The fire danger level in Summit County last rose from low to moderate on June 20.

Residents can text SCFIREINFO to 888777 for updates on Summit County’s fire outlook and conditions, Red Flag Warnings, prescribed burns, active fire updates and more.

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