BY MELINDA WILLIAMS
Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL — Firefighters in south Davis County are gearing up for what they fear could be an active fire season.
In fact, it’s already begun.
“We had a grass fire a couple of weeks ago in the West Bountiful/Woods Cross area,” said South Davis Metro Fire Agency deputy chief Dane Stone.
That doesn’t bode well in a year where snow pack in the mountains is below normal, but there’s still a lot of dead growth from previous years, Stone said.
“The Forest Service is predicting this will be a worse year than last,” Stone said.
Firefighters expect particular problems in the urban/wildland interface area in Bountiful and North Salt Lake.
“People up there have those large houses and they like their scrub oak close to the homes,” said Stone. Such brush is heavier fuel and is harder to extinguish once its burning than the lighter grassses to the west, he said.
South Davis firefighters will shortly begin a national “Ready, Set Go! program to educate the public on the importance of creating a defensible space around their homes by clearing scrub oak and other brush away from the structure.
While the urban/wildland interface is the agency’s top priority, Stone also urged residents to use common sense when building fires in recreational areas such as campgrounds and later this summer when lighting fireworks.
“We want to encourage people to make those good decisions,” Stone said.