When Utah state parks open, you won’t have to worry about the storm damage
Posted September 08, 2018 07:04:17 After more than a week of severe flooding in the state, Utah’s state parks are opening up to visitors for the first time in years.
The opening of state parks comes as the federal government tries to manage the massive wildfires that have devastated communities in Southern Utah.
The opening of the state parks was a result of a flood-control order signed by Gov.
Gary Herbert in late October, which included a request for federal help to protect the state’s iconic Cedar Mountain and Blue Ridge Parks.
“The response has been phenomenal, we have an incredible amount of work to do in the coming days,” Herbert said at the time.
“I am confident that we will get to the point where we have a fully functioning state park system and a functioning national park system, which will help keep Utah beautiful and safe for visitors.”
The parks are open to all Utah residents, and the federal agency has been coordinating the state with the state.
But the opening of these parks will be dependent on the federal flood control agency’s ability to respond to the wildfire emergency.
Gary Henderson speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Wednesday, September 08.
The wildfire threat has been a factor in some people’s decision to stay home or to not return to the state for at least two weeks.
But, there are also a number of factors that could affect the state park openings, including the size of the wildfires, the storm that hit Utah and the cost of dealing with the wildfires.
“There are a number things that need to be considered in this effort,” Utah State Parks Superintendent David Jones said.
“And that includes the size and intensity of the fires, the size, intensity and cost of the response, the number of people who will be affected, the time frame for the recovery efforts, the timeline for the restoration, and even whether or not the fire is under control.”
Jones said that with a new governor, a new attorney general and the U.S. Attorney’s office overseeing the state in charge, he believes the federal agencies ability to coordinate with the states parks and the state government could be greatly enhanced.
“That is a huge win for Utah,” Jones said of the federal response.
“We are really thankful for the support we’ve received from the federal Government, and I think we will be well-positioned for a successful and long-term recovery.”
With so much happening on our watch, we’ve had to make sure we have the resources in place to deal with the wildfire situation.