Dry thunderstorms raise risk of Utah wildfires

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Fire officials say Utah will have a higher risk for wildfires this week as dry thunderstorms are expected to move in.

Officials with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and state Department of Natural Resources say dry thunderstorms could develop in southern Utah on Tuesday.

Lightning from those dry storms could spark fires on dry grasslands and timber without providing relief from with rain.

An interagency fire prevention team says the chance of those storms increases Wednesday through Friday as those storms move into central or northern Utah.

Officials say storms expected next week should bring some needed rainfall.

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