Earlier today, in accordance with a state-to-state emergency compact, Governor Herbert approved Colorado’s request for two Utah National Guard helicopters and crews to battle fires for 72 hours. Colorado emergency officials reassessed and withdrew that request late this afternoon.
“Though Utah’s assistance is not currently required by Colorado, today’s efforts demonstrate Utah is ready, willing and able to help our neighbors in need,” said Governor Herbert.
The current Colorado wildfires are considered the worst in the state’s history. On Wednesday, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper declared disaster emergencies for three fires. This morning Governor Hickenlooper thanked Governor Herbert by phone for Utah’s support, and state emergency officials reiterated that appreciation this afternoon.
With multiple fires starting on Thursday in Utah, Governor Herbert issued the following caution:
“Given the dry, hot and windy conditions statewide, we must be vigilant in practicing fire safety and good common sense. That means using extra caution while camping, target shooting, and recreating outdoors. It also means ensuring structures are free of debris, hot vehicles are away from brush and dry grass, and fireworks are used in safe zones in accordance with local restrictions.”