A good question, which the media never asks (which is a question itself), is why
the "firefighters" don't actually fight fires. They'll report
to the public that firefighters are assigned, but in actuality, these fires are
allowed to burn (with the exception of the fire in Alpine). They are not even
being "contained." Rather, they are observed, especially when they are
in remote parts of the state. Occasionally, they'll have a plane drop flame
retardant, which they media will capture on film. I'm asking the question
the media won't ask--Why?
There are probably finite resources available. There are probably dozens of
fires in Utah right now, hundreds in the American west. Many fires can be
monitored and if they don't threat structures and lives, then they could be
allowed to burn out. Remember fire is a natural process of the wild. It often
cleans out vegetation making the forest or area healthier. Therefore with a
limited amount of manpower and other resources, efforts must be concentrated.
Unfortunately people are moving out in more rugged areas making the whole
situation of fighting fires more challenging.
At least this fire is next to a great water source which they can use if they
can find the helicopters and buckets.