Category: wildfires

South Rim Fire burns 350 acres near homes in Tooele County; blaze 80% contained

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah —  Several homes along Ridgeline Road near Stockton were threatened by the South Rim Fire.

Dave Vickers, a fire management officer with the Utah Department of Natural Resources says the fire started around 4:00 p.m. and burned 351 acres.

Approximately 50 firefighters, along with two helicopters and six single-engine air tankers helped get a handle on the flames quickly.

Investigators are blaming birds for starting the fire.

“Probable cause was birds in a power line shorting out the system,” Vickers said.  “That has happened before.”

Favorable winds pushed the flames up the hillside, away from structures.

“If the winds were going a different direction, very easily we could have lost homes,” Vickers said.  “Fast-moving fire, it’s hard to get ahead of it when it’s moving as fast as it did.”

Crews will be on the scene throughout the night to watch for any hot spots, but they believe homes are no longer in danger.

The fire created some tense moments for many families.

“This is up close and personal right here,” said Edward Shepley.  His family moved into the neighborhood from Kansas less than three months ago.  “It’s concerning.  Certainly didn’t expect this, but it proves the point that you can never underestimate the damage it can do.”

The fire burned a portion of the Shepley’s backyard, but it didn’t get their home.  Edward spent much of the evening spraying water to protect the property.

“Just trying to make sure if those embers come up and over, that I could at least douse them a little bit and have a mouse surface,” Shepley said.

No structures were damaged.  As of late Wednesday evening, crews estimated the fire was 80% contained.

Wildfire threatening homes in Tooele County

SOUTH RIM, Utah — A vegetation wildfire is currently burning near 1700 Ridge Line Road in South Rim, Utah, which is just west of Stockton, according to Tooele County Dispatch.

Authorities said the flames, which have burned an estimated 50 acres, are currently threatening homes in the area.

FOX 13 has a crew heading to the scene.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

 

South Rim Fire burns 350 acres near homes in Tooele County

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah —  Several homes along Ridgeline Road near Stockton were threatened by the South Rim Fire.

Dave Vickers, a fire management officer with the Utah Department of Natural Resources says the fire started around 4:00 p.m. and burned 351 acres.

Approximately 50 firefighters, along with two helicopters and six single-engine air tankers helped get a handle on the flames quickly.

Investigators are blaming birds for starting the fire.

“Probable cause was birds in a power line shorting out the system,” Vickers said.  “That has happened before.”

Favorable winds pushed the flames up the hillside, away from structures.

“If the winds were going a different direction, very easily we could have lost homes,” Vickers said.  “Fast-moving fire, it’s hard to get ahead of it when it’s moving as fast as it did.”

Crews will be on the scene throughout the night to watch for any hot spots, but they believe homes are no longer in danger.

The fire created some tense moments for many families.

“This is up close and personal right here,” said Edward Shepley.  His family moved into the neighborhood from Kansas less than three months ago.  “It’s concerning.  Certainly didn’t expect this, but it proves the point that you can never underestimate the damage it can do.”

The fire burned a portion of the Shepley’s backyard, but it didn’t get their home.  Edward spent much of the evening spraying water to protect the property.

“Just trying to make sure if those embers come up and over, that I could at least douse them a little bit and have a mouse surface,” Shepley said.

No structures were damaged.  As of late Wednesday evening, crews estimated the fire was 80% contained.

Over 700 acres burning in wildfire northeast of Delta

LEAMINGTON PASS, Utah — A wildfire near the border of Juab and Millard counties has already burned an estimated 700 acres, according to Utah Fire Info.

Officials say air resources, along with federal and state engines are on scene and Utah Fire Info added there is no estimated containment as of 8:24 p.m.

It is being called the Leamington Pass Fire and FOX 13 has a crew heading to the scene.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

 

Crews fighting multiple fires in Utah County, brush fire at Utah-Arizona border

UTAH COUNTY, Utah — Crews are battling three wildfires in Utah County this Fourth of July while a brush fire in Arizona has closed northbound Interstate 15 south of the Utah-Arizona border.

The West Mountain Fire has burned 45 acres on the southeast side of Utah Lake, about 10 miles west of Spanish Fork while a grass fire near 2000 North on state Route 68 was confirmed by Utah County Dispatch Thursday afternoon.

That fire, named the Clay Pit Fire, had burned 50-to-100 acres and Deputy Chief Kenny Johnson with Saratoga Springs Fire and Rescue said containment will not occur until tonight.

Two helicopters and a small plane are fighting those flames.

In Spanish Fork Canyon, the Long Hollow Fire has grown to 70 acres.

According to our partners at the St. George News, a brush fire is causing traffic delays three miles south of the Utah-Arizona border.

A commercial vehicle lost a 48-foot trailer, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, which closed northbound I-15 at milepost 26 in Arizona and started a large brush fire.

Milepost 26 is about three miles south of the Utah state line.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

Crews fighting multiple fires in Utah County; brush fire impacts I-15 near Utah-Arizona border

UTAH COUNTY, Utah — Crews are battling three wildfires in Utah County this Fourth of July while a brush fire in Arizona has closed northbound Interstate 15 south of the Utah-Arizona border.

The West Mountain Fire has burned 45 acres on the southeast side of Utah Lake, about 10 miles west of Spanish Fork while a grass fire near 2000 North on state Route 68 was confirmed by Utah County Dispatch Thursday afternoon.

That fire, named the Clay Pit Fire, has burned 80-to-100 acres and Deputy Chief Kenny Johnson with Saratoga Springs Fire and Rescue said containment will not occur until tonight.

Two helicopters and a small plane are fighting those flames.

The West Mountain Fire was started by target shooting Wednesday night, according to Payson Fire and Rescue.

In Spanish Fork Canyon, the Long Hollow Fire has grown to 70 acres.

According to our partners at the St. George News, a brush fire is causing traffic delays three miles south of the Utah-Arizona border.

A commercial vehicle lost a 48-foot trailer, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, which closed I-15 in both directions at milepost 26 in Arizona and started a large brush fire.

I-15 was reopened just after 4:30 p.m. MDT.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

Firefighters from western US gather for BLM training at Camp Williams

LEHI, Utah – Firefighters from Utah, California, Wyoming and Nevada gathered at Camp Williams for training from the Bureau of Land Management on battling wildfires Thursday.

“We’re all receiving the same training, the same type of training, and standardizing how we operate out in the field,” said lead instructor Randy Turrill. “Our safety is our first priority. And that is a huge part of what we do. It’s soon enough to fire season starting, so it’s all fresh in our minds.”

BLM-Utah and its partners respond to 550 wildfires across approximately 148,000 acres annually and skilled engine operators are essential to keeping Utah citizens and lands safe from wildfires.

The fire engine operator workshop used simulated flames to help veteran firefighters prepare for whatever this upcoming summer throws their way.

“If I could impress something on these guys, is that they’re the next group of leaders – it’s a responsibility you know, you’re taking the next step,” said Captain Nathan Wierwille who helped instruct the training.