Fire concerns are light in Cache County, for now

Twelve of Cache County’s communities have their own fire departments but Cache County Fire Chief Rod Hammer says his own department still had approximately 150 calls during the last year. He says the county works with all the communities, including Logan, besides covering the unincorporated areas.

Hammer told members of the Cache County Council at their Tuesday meeting that the budget isn’t big but the training firefighters get is excellent.

He also updated the council on what potential fire conditions are currently looking like throughout the county.

“My concerns right now (are) wet hay bails, temperatures over 90 degrees and dry lightning,” Hammer told the council. “We’re going to see what happens over the next few months as things heat up and dry out.

“We’re sitting pretty good right now but three days from now we might not be. We’ve seen the sagebrush moistures drop about 40% in the last week. Some of those fine fuels are starting to dry out fast.”

Hammer said getting good volunteers is harder than it used to be and that is probably because the nature of their full-time jobs has been changing and it’s more difficult for them to get away.

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