We are battling major fires in Utah, thousands of people have been evicted from homes, there has been death, injuries and destroyed residences. The dry, hot air, warm winds, dry lightning and foolish people shooting or lighting fireworks are all major contributors to the wildfires.
The Fourth of July holiday is this Wednesday. That day, as well as days preceding it, is usually a repeat harvest of fireworks. We urge Top of Utah residents to use common sense and follow the laws in Top of Utah cities for fireworks. In Ogden, for example, fireworks should not be set in areas close to the foothills, or beyond Harrison Boulevard.
Also, we need area police to diligently patrol Top of Utah streets and put a stop to fireworks activity that is illegal.
Beyond the streets of cities, another danger lurks -- the use of firearms for target practice in the wilds. Thanks to a foolish majority in our Legislature, there is no law prohibiting an individual from going into the wilds on a hot, dry, windy day and shooting his or her legal firearm for target purposes. Gov. Gary Herbert has indicated support for a special session to allow local communities more leeway in passing laws against actions, such as shooting, that can cause fires. Please, governor, do that as soon as possible!
As a result, there have been no fewer than 20 wildfires this season started by target shooters. In fact, the overwhelming majority of the hundreds of Utah fires this season have been started by persons, not nature.
Be aware of fire dangers; be smart enough to not take actions that can start a fire; use common sense. To law enforcement -- please stop those who are blatantly breaking the laws regarding fireworks.