Media Advisory: Governor Herbert asks Utahns to “SparkChange” via Wildfire Prevention Pledge


Following the record-breaking 2018 fire season that destroyed several Utah homes, evacuated communities, degraded air quality and caused wildlife habitat to go up in flames, Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Department of Natural Resources leadership will launch Utah’s first wildfire prevention pledge: SparkChange. The pledge can be found online at SparkChange.Utah.Gov. Citizens who take the pledge will enter for a chance to win a $250 gift card for their commitment. More than half of Utah’s wildfires are human caused, meaning Utah could save millions of dollars every year by working together on prevention. Every dollar put toward wildfire prevention saves the state between $17 and $35 in fire suppression.

Who: Gov. Gary R. Herbert, Department of Natural Resources Leadership, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Great Basin Coordination Center.

Where: City Creek Canyon Pavilion: 700 North B Street (Bonneville Blvd) Salt Lake City, Utah When: May 16, 2019, 2 P.M. – 2:30 p.m.

Visuals: The event will be a press conference, and Department of Natural Resources leadership and the Governor will make remarks. Following the remarks, they will take the pledge. Leaders will also sign a giant SparkChange poster. There will be visuals showing the impact of wildfire for b-roll opportunity. Following the pledge, fire officials from federal and state agencies will be make statements about the upcoming “fire season.” Department leadership and interagency fire officials will be available for interviews after the press conference.

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