Goshen Fire in Utah County near Santaquin sparked by target shooting

Sep 13, 2020, 4:09 PM | Updated: Sep 14, 2020, 1:45 pm
Goshen Fire, Utah County...
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NOTE: Utah fire officials initially told KSL there were evacuations associated with this fire, but later corrected that to say there are no evacuations. This story has been edited to reflect that correction. 

SALT LAKE CITY — A fire that started as a brush fire near Santaquin, growing to 200 acres and, early Sunday evening. As of Monday morning, emergency officials say the fire is 90% contained. Fire authorities confirmed the cause of the fire was due to target shooting. 


The Goshen Fire is burning near Summit Ridge and is being attended to by multiple agencies, including Payson Fire and Rescue and Santaquin City. Another fire was close to the Goshen Fire, making it easier for crews to respond quickly to the blaze.  

A few helicopters, a plane, a hotshot crew, and many fire rigs responded to the fire.  

Kait Webb, with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, tells KSL that earlier Sunday afternoon, firefighters had asked a few residents to evacuate because of the fire threat.  There was never an official evacuation ordered. 

“A lot of times smoke plums tend to cause people a lot more fear than necessary, especially when it looks to close to you,” said Webb. “I think out of caution some people were concerned and thought they were evacuating. So, some miscommunication was dispatched.” 





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