UTAH

Five new wildfires burning across Utah

Jun 28, 2018, 7:15 AM | Updated: 6:04 pm
Martin Romero/
Smoke from the West Valley Wildfire between Pine Valley and New Harmony is pictured ...
Martin Romero/ Smoke from the West Valley Wildfire between Pine Valley and New Harmony is pictured on Wednesday, June 17, 2018.

Fire crews are working on four new wildfires within 24 hours.

In Southern Utah, fire officials say the West Valley fire in Washington County is active and moving to the north. This is a larger fire, already burned 2,000 acres is in the Pine Valley area and is zero percent contained right now.

There is a lot of dry timber, brush, and grass fueling the flames. At first, this fire was threatening 10 homes but that danger has passed for the time being.

People who live in the area say the terrain is rough, and firefighters will have better luck fighting from the air. They also aren’t surprised to see the smoke.

“As dry as it is this year, I didn’t want to see it. A little surprised at where it was — we haven’t had any lightning up high like that so it had to be a camper/hiker or somebody,” said Larry Gardner.

Then there’s the Dry Canyon Fire in Parowan, which has burned about 30 acres in the slot canyon areas in southern Utah. More than 80 firefighters are working to keep it from spreading.

About 8 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters reported that they were making some progress thanks to the cooling temperatures and reduced wind but didn’t know when the would have this blaze contained.

The Fruitland fire in Duchesne County destroyed 3 buildings on Wednesday, including two homes. Crews believe only one of the three buildings destroyed was occupied.

At the fire’s peak, about 40 firefighters were working to stop the spread of the fire. As of late Wednesday night crews had 75-percent containment on this fire. Windy conditions slowed their progress.

The Rough Fire is burning more than 12-hundred acres near Plymouth, in Box Elder County. Firefighters are working to contain the fire, said to be “human-caused.” The fire is visible from the intersection of I-15 Northbound and SR-30.

 

The Black Mountian Fire which begun earlier this afternoon near the small town of Minersville Utah, east of Beaver, has been threatening structures and has rapidly grown to affect more than 4,000 acres and closed Highway 130.

Forestry officials say they’re seeing fire activity in place that they usually don’t this time of year.  Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands Spokesman Jason Curry says one thing caught them off-guard.

“We are a little surprised at how much fire activity there is, right now, in the higher elevations,” Curry says, adding, “The fire is moving through those types of fuels, right now, easily, and more extreme than it usually be in a June-type situation.”

Curry says they’re seeing dozens of new fires being sparked every week in the state, although most of them are contained before they get very large.

This story will continue to be updated.

Today’s Top Stories

Utah

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Utah Transit Authority and bus operations across the natio...
Waverly Golden

UTA makes service reductions following staffing shortages

According to a press release from UTA, several emergency bus service adjustments will be made this December 11. 
1 day ago
Moss cell phone...
Lindsay Aerts

Lawmaker Moss again pushing to ban driving while holding a cell phone

Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-District 37, says she'll try again to crack down on driving with your cell phone in your hand.
1 day ago
Utah Democrats Gene Davis...
Simone Seikaly

Attorney for Sen. Gene Davis says Davis won’t resign from the Utah Senate

The Salt Lake County Democratic Party asked for Davis to resign immediately because of allegations of sexual harassment made against him.
1 day ago
Follow @SimoneSeikaly...
Simone Seikaly

Utah County Sheriff arrests man for felony sex offenses against a child

The Utah County Sheriff's Office said that the case is being prosecuted by Juab County Attorney Ryan Peters.
1 day ago
Unified Police Department vehicle...
Amie Schaeffer

UPD looking for suspect in morning robbery

The Unified Police Department is looking for a male suspect in a robbery at a Chevron in Kearns this morning,
1 day ago
officer involved shooting south salt lake...
Simone Seikaly

So. Salt Lake Police identify victim in officer-involved shooting

Officers were called to 400 E. Robert Ave. over reports of a man with a gun. A 44 year-old-man has been identified as the victim.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Five new wildfires burning across Utah