When a Southern Utah Wildfire Comes Raging!

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When a Southern Utah Wildfire Comes Raging!



It's one thing to write about how to prevent a wildfire but quite another when at your front door. Late yesterday afternoon and into the night, a wildfire raged through the town of Veyo, consuming all it it's greedy path.


Our neighbors frantically loaded up their families, cattle, horses, turned their goats loose in an effort to outrun the destruction. Thankfully, due to the concerted firefighter effort, by land and sky, the threat was maintained.


Living through a tornado was nothing compared to the terror I experienced yesterday, not knowing if our home and valued possessions would be turned to ashes. As I drove down the highway to safety, the tears flowed freely.


The wind changed directions at the last moment right across the dirt road from our property.  We always maintain a defensible space to avoid loss. Had our neighbors done the same, the outcome may have been different.


 During the warmer, drier months of summer, it is crucial to avoid:

  • Burning leaves and branches outside
  • Welding near tall grasses and weeds
  • Campground fires out of designated areas


Pay attention to your surroundings, especially during inclement weather. A  seasonal storm can suddenly turn into an out-of-control inferno with a single lightning strike!


Call 911 immediately to avoid any time lost to respond. If you're on the road, drive away from the source of the flames. This is no time to become a curious looky-lou or worse, a statistic because of misjudging the direction of the fire's path!


Wildfire season is here in southern UtahBelow are some some necessary steps for homeowners in outlying areas to prevent the loss of your home.

  • Thin overgrown bushes and haul clippings away
  • Cut down perennial grasses such as cheat grass and foxtails
  • Remove dead branches in trees and those touching the ground
  • Take out dead vegetation on the ground
  • Create a 30 foot perimeter around your home if possible


While these steps will help prevent your home from burning, it is no guarantee. Call your local fire department for more information on how to create a safer environment. And if you are faced with a life-threatening situation Call 911 Immediately

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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Wanda and i am glad that the wind change and did not cross over.  I know fires are bad and it requires people to take actions before a fire starts.


Jul 14, 2020 07:48 AM #1
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That would be scary indeed, I am glad that you are safe and that you prepared well for such a thing.

Jul 14, 2020 07:51 AM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We have experienced these wildfires many times since we have moved here.  When we lived in Los Angeles, we always took precautions to prevent fires, and did the same in Napa.  We are keeping our fingers crossed for no fires this season.  A 

Jul 14, 2020 08:00 AM #3
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Wanda- That must have been terrifying.  So glad you and family plus your home are safe.  Smart that you prepared for it best you could.  

Jul 14, 2020 10:20 AM #4
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


As I am certain, you have seen the many fires we have had here in the Napa Valley for the last 4 years. I can relate but have been fortunate not to feel threaten as you were. The other big thing, PG&E doesn't turn off the power here in Yountville. A HUGE PLUS, cheers cvc

Jul 14, 2020 11:32 AM #5
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - The most important thing is that you and your family and home are OK.  Something like this will make a believer out of those who fail to keep a good perimeter. 

Jul 14, 2020 01:02 PM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Wanda- I cannot imagine what you must have gone through. I am so thankful that you and your home are safe. Thank goodness you have the safety perimeter. 

Jul 14, 2020 08:22 PM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That is a frightening scene pictured, Wanda.  I experienced the terror of a home fire when I was about 5 years of age.  I'm glad you are home now and safe!

Jul 15, 2020 01:35 AM #8
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Yikes! Fire is one of the big scary things for me. Can't even imagine the terror of not knowing if you will come home to a house or ashes. Glad you all are OK.

Jul 15, 2020 06:35 AM #9
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

THANK YOU ALL for responding to this very important post. A family lost everything and more of our neighbors lost outbuildings, equipment and fence lines. No one died and most animals were able to escape. We are blessed to have a community that tends to the needs of others when in distress. You never know when you may become the victim of another person's carelessness and lives are adversely affected. Our firefighters, police officers and emergency personnel are the local HEROES!

Jul 15, 2020 08:48 AM #10
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Got to clear vegetation around your home. Have long hoses ready. Have supply for emergency use water, battery, now disinfectant.   

Aug 12, 2020 07:57 AM #11
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