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Wildfire near Jordanelle Reservoir burns 500 acres and growing

By David Self Newlin | Posted - Aug. 18, 2012 at 10:28 p.m.


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HEBER — A wildfire near Jordanelle Reservoir that officials are now calling the Fox Den Fire has burned 500 acres and is about 5 percent contained. Firefighters are on scene and actively fighting the blaze.

At 2:41 p.m., reports came in of three separate fires that had ignited near mile marker six on Highway 40 in the Jordanelle Basin, according to Wasatch County Fire. Firefighters were there within two minutes.

High winds meant that the fire burned 200 acres very quickly.

Wasatch County dispatch has said that the Fox Bay Condominiums and Lodge at Stillwater are being evacuated as a result of the blazes, as well as the Shores and Jordanelle state campgrounds. A precautionary and voluntary evacuation of Deer Crest has also been ordered due to erratic winds.

An evacuation center has been set up at J.R. Smith Jr. High School at 235 E. 500 North in Heber City. the Red Cross is there to aid evacuated residents.

A Red Cross Reception Center for Deer Crest evacuees has been set up at the Park City Athletic Center at 1200 Little Kate Road in Park City. The fire has not yet crossed Highway 40, but the westbound lane of the highway is closed.

About 2000 people were without power throughout Saturday evening, but Rocky Mountain Power has restored electricity to all homes.

Janet Carson with the Wasatch County Fire District said two-thirds of the fire is in Wasatch County with the rest in Summit County. She also said the fire has two heads and is burning in two different directions.

The fire has come as close as 200 yards to homes, though no structures have been burned as yet.

Multiple agencies, as well as two helicopters and four airplanes are battling the blazes. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but reports of target shooting in the area have been reported and are being looked into.

Contributing: Morgan Wilkins, Sandra Yi, Associated Press


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