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Downed powerline left close to 6,000 without power in Herriman

Jun 23, 2024, 1:22 PM | Updated: 1:32 pm

A Herriman fire broke out on Sunday, leaving almost 6,000 people without power....

A Herriman fire broke out on Sunday, leaving almost 6,000 people without power. (John Wilson)

(John Wilson)

HERRIMAN, Utah — A fire broke out in Herriman due to a powerline falling down, leaving up to 5,541 people without power on Sunday.

As of 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Rocky Mountain Power reported on their website that the outages were taken care of. 

Capt. Tony Barker with United Fire Authority said crews arrived at the scene near 7500 West and Herriman Main Street and found the fire spreading rapidly towards structures.

Barker said the crews called for additional resources, initiating an “aggressive fire attack.”

“The efforts of these first arriving crews saved this primary residence. It’s actually quite remarkable what they did and how they did it,” Barker said.

“I won’t get into the specifics, just understand that what they did, is not our normal operating procedure. They went above and beyond to save this home.”

Barker said the fire was about two acres in size and was able to move quickly due to wind and the intense heat on Sunday. 

According to Barker, the fire is out and crews are making sure it does not reignite.

“Unified Fire authorities are going to turn it over to their wildland division that will stay on scene for the foreseeable future to ensure that every ember is extinguished,” Barker said.

If it takes two hours or two days, Barker said, they’ll be there until they finish the job.

Fire safety

Barker said with the heat and dry fields, more fires could appear throughout Utah. People can help make sure that doesn’t happen by practicing fire safety.

Barker gave these tips to practice fire safety this summer:

  • Use caution with open fire pits
  • Understand your surroundings
  • Be mindful of your situation
  • Wait until it’s a safer time of year to set off fireworks
  • Wait until a safer time of year to have an open fire pit

“It will only take a spark, one ember, to ignite an entire field for with the size of these fields and how dry they are,” Barker said.

Related:

Parts of Utah under excessive heat warning

Power outages plague the state over the weekend, more possible

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Downed powerline left close to 6,000 without power in Herriman