About Utah Living with Fire:

The purpose of Utah Living with Fire is to provide homeowners living in Wildland Urban Interface areas with fuel reduction, structural modifications and access recommendations developed by their peers and firefighting experts.

The program offers many tools available for educators, homeowners, community groups, fire safe councils, and firefighting professionals to help educate and inform others about mitigating Utah’s wildfire threat.

Board of Directors

The board is a comprehensive membership of agency, citizens and business/industryrepresentatives.

Dean Hunt

Dean Hunt is a lifelong resident of Utah and works for Layton City Fire Department. He has been the Fire Marshal there since 1997. He has been in the fire service since 1984 with experience in both structure and wildland firefighting. He graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Public Safety and Emergency Management in August 2014. Dean has been a participant with Utah Living with Fire since 1994 and has seen this small group grow from a small group working together to make a difference in educating the public on wildland fire safety to the nonprofit organization that it is today. He believes that every community that is affected by the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) should be working on mitigating the occurrence of wild fire in order to reduce the risks that they live with. This organization should be a driving force in the state in developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP), Ready, Set, Go!, Firewise Communities, and Fire Adapted Communities.

Mike Kuhns

Mike received his B.S. in Forestry in 1977 from the University of Missouri and his M.S. in Forest Ecology/Tree Physiology from Missouri in 1980. After working two years for the Medicine Bow National Forest, he returned to school in 1982 and received a Ph.D. from Auburn University in 1986, specializing in tree stress physiology. His first extension position was forestry specialist at the University of Nebraska, which was followed by him taking his present position as Utah State University extension forestry specialist, which he has held for 17 years. His programming in extension involves urban and community forestry, trees and forestry in the wildland-urban interface, and rural/conservation forestry.

Graciela and Tom Meyers

The Meyers’ interest in wildfire management began one night with a lightning strike that ignited a Juniper tree 200 feet away from their bedroom at 12:10 am. By 2:00 a.m. Graciela and Tom, guided by then Sanpete County Fire Warden Fred Johnson, had decided to actively spearhead a community effort that would inform and help prepare the area residents for such an event. The Meyers’ academic and business backgrounds proved helpful in the immediate creation of a North Sanpete Fire Plan. Subsequent training courses, conferences, and perseverant collaborative negotiations led to the establishment of the Indianola Valley Fire Department, of which both are firefighter members. The Meyers represent the IVFD at Sanpete County’s Local Emergency Planning Committee, and Graciela is also the IVFD’s Public Information Officer and ad hoc public relations volunteer. They are both CERT certified and are HAM radio operators. Their conviction about the importance of offering education and leadership to the citizenry so that they may take wise preparatory measures to protect their property has been a strong incentive to participate in the Utah Living with Fire endeavors.