UTAH FIREFIGHTERS ARE ALREADY PREPARING FOR WHAT THEY EXPECT TO BE ANOTHER BUSY WILDFIRE SEASON IN OUR STATE... PARTICULARLY DOWN SOUTH, WHERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE MOST SEVERE.

SEAN LODGE -- WITH THE UTAH INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER -- SAYS HIS CREWS ARE ALSO NOW ON STAND-BY, ANTICIPATING A CALL TO ASSIST WITH THE SEVERAL WILDFIRES STILL RAVAGING SAN DIEGO COUNTY.

THE FEDS BELIEVE THIS SUMMER'S FIRE SUPPRESSION, NATIONWIDE, COULD RUN UP A BUDGET DEFICIT OF 400-MILLION DOLLARS.

IN CALIFORNIA, ONE PERSON IS CONFIRMED DEAD -- IN THE SAN DIEGO FIRES -- WHILE 10-THOUSAND ACRES HAVE BURNED... AND 15-THOUSAND HOMES HAVE BEEN EVACUATED.