Governor Gary Herbert declares ‘State of Emergency’ in Utah due to high fire danger

Governor Gary Herbert speaks to reporters at his monthly news conference in September. (Image via KUED)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued an executive order Tuesday night, declaring a State of Emergency for the month of July in Utah due to high fire danger.

Herbert cited dry and dangerous conditions and multiple wildfires actively burning as part of his reason for declaring the State of Emergency. He also wrote that drought conditions, and extreme temperatures justified his decision.

Herbert said that “immediate action” would be required to suppress fires in Utah and work to maintain safety in their aftermath.