Utah's forecast? It comes down to both a plea and a warning: Don't burn.
The plea is to don those shades, throw on a hat and generously apply sunscreen so Old Sol, coming out for summer days with a sizzling vengeance, doesn't scorch your skin. The warning is to not, under threat of potential civil and criminal penalties, set off any fireworks or light open fires anywhere on state or federal public lands in the state except in designated fire pits in approved areas.
Along with temperatures approaching 100 degrees in northern Utah and topping triple digits in the southern half of the state on Friday, the National Weather Service has issued a "Red Flag," or extreme wildfire danger warning for the entire state due to the hot, dry weather and expectations for gusty winds.