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Indian Fire likely human-caused, officials say

By Jordan Ormond | Posted - Jul 19th, 2014 @ 11:59pm


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OGDEN — Firefighters are working to douse a brush fire burning near the mouth of Ogden Canyon, which officials suspect was human-caused.

The Indian Fire was reported at around 8 p.m. Saturday and burned the area to the east of 24th Street and south of 12th Street, according to Kim Osborn with the U.S. Forest Service.

Just after 4 p.m. Sunday, crews reported the fire had burned 50 acres, and at around 6:10 p.m. Sunday they had the fire 70 percent contained.

The fire initially was in the vicinity of the Indian Trail, but then traveled north and eventually south, according to Eric Bauman, deputy chief of the Ogden City Fire Department.

No homes are threatened, as the fire is currently burning up the mountain, authorities said. Approximately 20 homes were evacuated just before 11 p.m. as a precaution, but all residents have returned home.

Two helicopters and a 20-person hand crew were on the scene Sunday afternoon trying to contain the blaze, Osborn said. She fears winds could pose a problem later in the afternoon.

"It has been predicted today that we will have some higher winds," she said, "so we’re still going to have some movement of the fire, but it’s looking really good right now."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, though officials suspect it is human-caused. Fire officials are asking people to stay out of the area until the fire is out. They requested Sunday that no one use the Bonneville Shoreline Trail from 12th Street to Water Fall Canyon.

"It’s a highly used recreational area with mountain biking and hiking, and we’ve just got a lot of equipment and a fire that’s uncontained. … We don’t want people in there," Osborn said.

Fireworks are not allowed on national forests, she said, and people need to aware of their surroundings when smoking or camping with a fire to avoid such situations.

Contributing: Miranda Collette

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