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RAINS FEED WEEDS, FUELFEARS OF FIRES

Utah's drought-stricken water supplies have been given a boost by a wet spring, but that same rainfall could mean increased fire danger later this summer.

The precipitation is being sopped up by grasses and weeds in northern Utah's foothills and recreation areas, which will grow thick and tall in the coming weeks.To a firefighter, such vegetation is known as "light fuel." And just as soon as it dries out this summer, Weber Fire District Chief Glen Burton said, the fire hazard along the Wasatch Front will be formidable.

Burton said increasing outdoor recreation traffic mixed with bountiful, dry vegetation creates a serious fire danger for the state's back country this summer.