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Valley Fire evacuations lifted, fire now 40% contained

Sep 6, 2022, 4:58 PM | Updated: Dec 12, 2022, 2:00 pm
The Rainbow Fire broke out Tuesday afternoon in Ogden between 20th Street and Valley Drive. Photo c...
The Rainbow Fire broke out Tuesday afternoon in Ogden between 20th Street and Valley Drive. Photo credit: Scott Winteron/Deseret News

OGDEN, Utah — The Ogden Fire Department says that the evacuations put in place to serve homeowners near the Valley Fire were lifted on Wednesday afternoon.

Deputy Fire Chief Mike Slater predicts firefighters will stay on scene with several engines for the next few days. 

“We need all the help we can get from the community so that we’re not out here fighting these fires in 100 degree weather,” Slater said. 

The cause is still under investigation. But Slater says it’s likely human caused. 

A fire that began on Tuesday caused two rounds of evacuations, the first 30 homes were evacuated off of Valley Drive, west of Rainbow Garden. A second evacuation of 10 homes was callled later in the evening as fire activity increased.


 Officials said no structures were lost, but weather conditions caused challenges for crews.

Utah Fire Info said crews are continuing to work to contain the fire.

Before the second evacuation was ordered, the Ogden Fire Department confirmed that the fire was 30% contained.

 

Our previous reporting follows.

Update 9:20 p.m. 

OGDEN, Utah — According to Utah Fire Info, the fire burning near Ogden that had been named the Rainbow Fire has been renamed the Valley Fire.

The fire has burned nine acres. And according to Utah Fire Info, the fire is at 25% contained. No structures have been damaged as a result of the fire. 

 

Update: 8:21 p.m.

OGDEN, Utah — Officials with the Ogden Fire Department say the Rainbow Fire is at 30% contained. All evacuations will be lifted by 9 p.m. Tuesday night.

Fire crews will remain on scene overnight. 

The Red Cross assisted those evacuated with a place to stay, emotional support along with food and water. 

Our previous reporting

OGDEN, Utah — Officials with the Ogden Fire Department say they are aggressively attacking a fire burning between Valley Drive and 20th Street in Ogden. No structures are on fire. The fire has been named the Rainbow Fire.

 

When the fire first broke out, 25 homes were evacuated. According to Utah Fire Info, however, the number of evacuations has now risen to 80.

 

The Rainbow Fire broke out Tuesday afternoon in Ogden. A helicopter drops water on the fire. Scott Winterton/Deseret News

Utah Fire Info reports that the cause of the fire is currently unknown.


 Ogden Fire says those residents that have been evacuated can seek shelter at meetinghouse, belonging to The Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints, at 1550 Rushton. 

This story is developing and will be updated.

 

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