The State and Federal Wildfire Officials are celebrating fewer fires over the last three years due to the Fire Sense Program.  

A press release from the Utah Department of Natural Resources and Division of Forestry said that from 2020 to 2023, human-caused wildfires decreased by 56% in Utah.  

Human-caused Wildfires: 

  • 2020 - 1,176 
  • 2021 - 570 
  • 2022 - 466 
  • 2023 - 288 

“Fire Sense has helped us significantly reduce human-caused wildfires in Utah,” said Gov. Spencer Cox. “Neighboring states have also noticed the campaign’s success. Fire Sense is a great example of how Utah continues to take the lead on important issues that impact each and every one of us.” 

Fire Sense was launched by Gov. Cox in 2020 because of the increasing number of human-caused fires. The awareness campaign was launched statewide. 

“We are proud of the work our fire staff and prevention program has put in to raise awareness around the impact people have on wildfire starts,” said Jamie Barnes, Director/State Forester for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. “People are responsible for every nine out of 10 wildfire starts across the country, but we have cut that number in half.” 

The Fire Sense Program received a bronze-level Smokey Bear Award in September 2023, for its help in wildfire prevention in Utah. Both Gov. Cox and interagency partners were presented a golden Pulsaki by Fire and State Lands Division.  

“A Pulaski tool is a versatile tool that combines the functions of an axe and a mattock. It can chop and cleave wood, as well as excavate and grub soil. This tool is commonly used by wildland firefighters. It was named after Ed Pulaski, a hero who gained fame during the Big Blowup of 1910.” 

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