Officials Say Coronavirus To Blame For Utah's Man Made Fires

Officials Say Coronavirus To Blame For Utah's Man Made Fires

August 24, 2020
Associated Press

Utah officials attribute this year’s increased number in man made wildfires to the coronavirus pandemic, which has pushed summer recreation outdoors at higher rates. 

Utah State Forester Brian Cottam says many traditional forms of summer leisure are restricted or banned, meaning record numbers of people are enjoying open outdoor spaces, which has led to more wildfires caused by novice campers and hikers.

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