South Willow Canyon Fire contained, cause unknown
TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — An overnight fire in northern Tooele County, the South Willow Canyon Fire, grew in size due to gusty winds and wasn’t fully contained until after it completely destroyed a cabin.
Fire officials got the initial call around 2 a.m. about a possible fire on south Willow Canyon.
North Tooele County Fire Chief Randy Willden says the grass fire had fully engulfed a structure by the time they arrived.
“When we got here it was just all rubble, there was no structure left, it was all complete rubble on the ground,” explained Chief Willden.
That structure turned out to be a vacant cabin.
“The owner had left over the weekend, they’re weekend dwellers,” he said.
Chief Willden says the major challenge throughout the early morning hours was battling strong wind gusts.
Flames were being blown up the canyon at least one hundred feet. Additionally, a number of trees nearby had caught fire as well.
Homes are fairly well spread out in that area, yet the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office went door to door to make residents aware of evacuations.
At this time, fire officials say it’s too early to pinpoint the cause of the fire.
“Right now it’s chicken-egg, we’re not sure,” he said.
Chief Willden says overnight storms and lightning could be a factor, but it’s too early to know.
Approximately 30 firefighters were on scene, which included Grantsville City Fire and North Tooele Fire.
Additionally, water tender, also known as a tanker truck, from the Tooele Army Depot was utilized in order to help fight flames.
There have been no reported injuries.
Today’s Top Stories
- Lawsuit against Arches National Park after incident resulting in the death of a woman
- Kirstie Alley, ‘Cheers’ and ‘Veronica’s Closet’ star, dead at 71
- Utah Tech student dies after falling from fifth-story balcony
- Checking in on the status of full-day kindergarten in Utah
- Deadline for REAL ID-compliant license, ID card, extended to 2025
- Defense bill likely to include end to military Covid vaccine mandate, source says
- The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success
- Three toys recalled in U.S. for excessive lead paint
- How much will it take to save the Great Salt Lake?
- EU fines Google $1.7 billion for abusing online ads market