Wildfires spark Governor’s call to prayer

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert reached out to local religious leaders on Friday with a petition for prayer on behalf of those facing and fighting fires in the State. Following is the content of the letter distributed.

Dear Religious Leader,

A great challenge is facing our state this summer. Extremely hot, dry, and windy weather conditions are creating one of the most dangerous fire seasons in our state’s history.  We have already suffered through several major fires.

During this past week, I have met with many residents across our state who have been impacted by the fires. The people of Saratoga Springs, Oak City, Fairview, New Harmony, Scofield, Huntington Canyon, as well as several other communities, have shown an incredible spirit of resilience and cooperation.

Many wonderful fire fighters, search and rescue volunteers, state and local emergency and law enforcement personnel, Red Cross volunteers, and others, are doing all they can to stop the fires that are burning, prevent future wildfires from breaking out, and assist those whose lives have been disrupted by the flames.

Our hearts also go out to residents of our sister states who are fighting catastrophic fires too.

I am writing to ask you and members of your congregation, to join me in praying for the elements to be moderated, the firefighters to be safe, and the lives and homes of our fellow residents to be protected. We are in need of an extra measure of help as we battle these conflagrations. I appreciate your consideration of this request. Thank you for all you do for the residents of our great state.

Gary R. Herbert

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  • Murat July 3, 2012 at 11:43 am

    He is simply cementing in the support of all the religious kooks. You’re a moron if you think prayers work.

    • Hthorsley July 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      ^youre an idiot

      • Murat July 3, 2012 at 1:42 pm

        He’s praying for the “elements to be moderated.” What an idiot!

        • Bryan Hyde July 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm

          That rain sure was nice today. Helpful with the fire danger and all too. Just thought I’d point that out to those who might have missed it.

          • Teri Time July 15, 2012 at 12:23 pm

            Thank Jebus for monsoonal flow, er I mean God helping us extinguish the flames of wildfires (which were’nt actually extinguished at all).

  • David July 4, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Hands that help are better than lips that pray.

  • Rehana Akter July 4, 2012 at 4:44 am


    This is a nice article on . I like it.


  • Not A. Douche July 4, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Atheists that hide behind computer screens and talk condescendingly to those of faith and purpose in life are far worse human beings than anyone who pleas for thoughts and prayers on behalf of those in danger.

    In your attempt to mock religion, you have only provided evidence that you are arrogant, ignorant, non-contributing zeroes, with selfish hearts and foolish minds.

    • Hmmm July 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Dear Douche, your comment is just a bad joke right? A compassionate religious person wouldn’t write such things–even about an enemy.

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