Gusty winds, hot temperatures and low humidity combined with very dry vegetation are creating the perfect combination for "explosive fire growth" Tuesday, according to the Salt Lake City National Weather Service.
A red flag warning was issued Tuesday through 9 p.m. by the National Weather Service for the western two thirds of Utah. Authorities ask that people in those areas avoid any activities that could spark a fire.
The weather is expected to continue to be hot and dry throughout most of the state through the holiday. It is expected to reach 95 degrees in most of northern Utah on Tuesday. With a high of 93 degrees expected Wednesday, little relief from the heat is expected for Fourth of July celebrations.