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Governor declares month-long state of emergency for wildfire management in Utah

Governor Gary Herbert (R-Utah) (File photo: AP)

(KUTV) — Utah's governor declared a State of Emergency effective for the month of July, citing dry and dangerous conditions as well as multiple active wildfires burning throughout the state on Tuesday.

In the executive issued on Tuesday, Herbert cites high fire danger, fire restrictions and warnings in place across the state, drought declarations and extreme temperatures as reasons justifying the decision.

The order also states immediate action will be required to suppress fires and mitigate post-burn flash floods, all conditions that "create potential for a disaster emergency."

At the time the executive order was issued, there were at least seven active wildfires burning tens of thousands of acres in different parts of the state.

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