'I don't know what we'd do if we lost our home': Residents still displaced by 709-acre Mammoth Fire

A volunteer firefighter watches the Mammoth Fire from Bob Donaldson’s home in Mammoth Creek Village, Utah, June 5th, 2021.

A volunteer firefighter watches the Mammoth Fire from Bob Donaldson’s home in Mammoth Creek Village, Utah, June 5th, 2021. (Courtesy of Bob Donaldson, for St. George News)



CEDAR CITY — Bob Donaldson owns a summer home near Mammoth Creek Village. He and his wife had only been there for two hours Saturday when they were asked to evacuate their home.

"We weren't even finished unloading yet," Donaldson told Cedar City News.

Before leaving, Donaldson and his wife took some of the pictures off the walls of their Bucky Dome, a geodesic dome home, originally designed by Buckminster Fuller. All Donaldson saw, he said, was a wisp of smoke to the west. Still, he decided it would be best to go.

As of Tuesday morning, the Mammoth Fire, which officials have since attributed to lightning, has grown to 709 acres and is still being listed as 0% contained. However, a detail that may give Donaldson and other residents who were evacuated some measure of comfort is that the fire is about 1 mile south of the village and is moving farther south, according to the InciWeb incident page for the fire.

There are currently 240 firefighters working to keep the blaze away from the village, according to the InciWeb update. They've built a line around the village perimeter to try and keep the flames away from structures. They've also used helicopters to drop buckets of water on scattered hotspots within the fire.

Read the full article at St. George News.

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