VIDEO: More than half of all fire fighters in Utah are volunteers, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. The Grantsville City Fire Department is fully run by volunteers, while the North Tooele Fire District is run by a mix of volunteer and paid staff. Those are just two examples of several departments across the Beehive State that depend on volunteers.
This fire season is expected to be busy, with the official start to fire season being pushed up to May 1 in some parts of the state. Wildfire season seems to be year-round, Jon Smith, public information officer for North Tooele Fire District, said.
“Here we are the 30th of April and we’ve already had more than a dozen wildland calls here in Tooele County this year alone. Some of them we were fighting fire while there was snow on ground next to us with weeds burnings. It’s been incredibly dry for the past couple of seasons,” he said.