SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Several wildfires were burning Friday as weather forecasts called for hotter weather in the coming days.
At the state’s largest fire in central Utah, a rock fell from a cliff Friday and came within about 10 feet of a crew working along U.S. Highway 6, according to Utah fire information website run by state and federal agencies. Nobody was hurt.
That blaze, being called the Bear Fire, was 13 square miles (34 square kilometers) as of Friday morning and 5% contained. Another fire in central Utah called the Bennion Creek blaze was 7.3 square miles (19 square kilometers) and 10% contained, fire officials said.
A fire in the southeastern part of the state grew to 7.7 square miles (20 square kilometers).
Temperatures were expected to near 100 degrees starting Sunday in northern Utah as the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat watch. In southern Utah, it is expected to be even hotter with forecasts of temperatures 105 degrees or higher.
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said Tuesday this is the state’s worst drought in decades and announced the state had issued a fireworks bans for all state lands and unincorporated private lands to reduce the risk of wildfires.