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Fire crews save homes from flames on Draper foothills

By Dennis Romboy | Posted - Aug. 13, 2011 at 11:15 p.m.


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DRAPER — Firefighters were able to knock down a raging brush fire Saturday night that came dangerously close to homes in the Corner Canyon area.

The blaze was first reported about 5:30 p.m. and threatened houses above 1800 East between 12800 South and 13400. None were damaged, but one out building burned down, said Unified Fire Authority Capt. Cliff Burningham.

Officials asked residents on several streets to pack belongings in case evacuation became necessary.

Dozens of firefighters from agencies throughout Salt Lake Valley battled flames on the ground for several hours, while helicopters and an airplane dropped water and fire retardant. Residents turned on their sprinklers and used garden hoses to wet down their yards and houses.

Burningham said the blaze was about 30 percent contained. Fire crews planned to monitor the area for hot spots through the night.

The cause of the fire, which charred about 65 acres, remains under investigation, he said.

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