(KUTV) — A Salt Lake County councilwoman is calling for a total ban on personal fireworks this year due to the current drought and increased fire dangers.
The push comes after the historic wildfire season Utah faced last year and the threats that we could surpass it during this year's season.
The weekend wrapped up Gov. Spencer Cox's Pray for Rain campaign which encouraged all Utahns to ask for divine intervention as we continue through the hot and dry spring season.
Many took to social media to voice their criticisms about the campaign, arguing more real action is needed to combat the crisis.
Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton took the lead, saying her vote is that we limit things this July and commit to banning personal fireworks due to the increased risks for fires.
Utah is coming up on one year since the Traverse Mountain Fire.
Crews said it sparked in the Lehi area last June and was started by fireworks.
During last year's Fourth of July celebrations, a time when fireworks were permitted, officials said fireworks are to blame for approximately 68 blazes.
Over 1,500 wildfires burned in 2020 alone and the 2021 fire season is looking to produce even more.
Currently, at least four wildfires are burning approximately 1,400 acres across Utah and officials are urging everyone to pay close attention to restrictions.
Current fire restrictions can be found here.