Wildfire Season Considered Worst on Record

Many firefighters around the state, region, and beyond are staying busy moving from one fire to the next. According to the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office, pilots flying UH-60 Black Hawks from the Utah National Guard 211th Aviation Battalion are currently helping with firefighting efforts on the Dollar Ridge Fire as well as the Coal Hollow Fire in Utah County. The Dollar Ridge Fire, now at 59,200 acres, is burning in the Timber Canyon area on Forest Service land. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality shared that Governor Herbert says this year will go down as one of the worst wildfire seasons on record. There have been 875 fires in Utah so far this season and 60 percent of those have been human caused, according to their report.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.