Utah News

Friday, February 26, 2021

Council approves emergency purchase of new fire engine for Washington City

VIDEO: With one fire engine deemed irreparable and another on course to meet a similar fate if left in a state of consistent use, the Washington City Council approved the emergency purchase of a new fire engine Wednesday. After reviewing a briefing document sent to them by Washington City Fire Chief Matt Evans that detailed the problems the Fire Department had been having with two of its four fire engines, the City Council voted to approve the $620,000 needed to buy a new one. Within the document prepared by Evans, he outlined the three fire stations and four fire engines that presently serve Washington City’s fire safety needs. City fire stations are presently located on Buena Vista Boulevard (Station 61), Washington Dam Road (Station 62) and near Coral Canyon (Station 64). The latter is operated in partnership with the Hurricane Valley Fire District.
St George News

Human remains found in burned car near Moab

Investigators in Grand County are working to determine what happened after human remains were discovered in a burned vehicle northwest of Moab. The sheriff's office was contacted about the pickup on Wednesday. It was found approximately 30 miles northwest of Moab, Utah on BLM Road 336 in the area of Tenmile Point. The state fire marshal is assisting with the investigation, and the Moab Fire Department helped deputies remove the body from the vehicle, sheriff's officials said. An autopsy by the Utah medical examiner will determine the individual's identity and how they died. "Investigation is still ongoing and considered to be suspicious at this time," according to officials.
KUTV-TV CBS 2 Salt Lake City

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Fire chars ground near entrance to Zion National Park

VIDEO: Visitors trying to take in the spectacular vistas of Zion National Park were greeted with smoke and flames Wednesday afternoon as a brush fire burned near the South entrance of the park. The fire, reported around 4 p.m., threatened the visitors’ lot at one point, but the work of firefighters has contained it to four acres. Las Vegas resident Kevin Mead was visiting the park and on his way to the visitors’ lot on a day with few visitors that he described as a “ghost town.” He was heading to his vehicle to leave when he saw the smoke and flames. “We were within feet of it. We were a good 200 yards away and watched it grow and figured we better get out of the parking lot,” Mead said. “It was a decent fire.” The National Park Service described what has been named the South Entrance Fire as “human-caused,” and the incident is still under investigation. The fire left an area just east of the South entrance and campground charred, though no structures were damaged and there were no injuries.
St George News

Hazmat crews clean up large fuel spill at University Hospital in Salt Lake City

A hazardous materials crew and Salt Lake City firefighters quickly contained a 400-gallon fuel spill at University Hospital in Salt Lake City Wednesday morning. University Hospital spokeswoman Suzanne Winchester told FOX 13 the spill originated in a central plant on the hospital's east side, close to the emergency department, around 6:30 a.m. Workers contained the spill in about 90 minutes. "Something like this could be problematic, particularly when it’s over close to the emergency department but, like I said, our emergency management teams have so many protocols in place and are so well prepared for these type of situations that everything went really smoothly and we were really fortunate that this turned out well. But this is something that they practice for and plan for all the time," Winchester said. The fuel spill was the result of a faulty valve.
KSTU-TV FOX 13 Salt Lake City

Jeep hits stroller in St. George sending 2 children to hospital with minor injuries

VIDEO: On Wednesday afternoon, some children could be seen on their front-yard swing on 100 South in St. George, their smiles showing a happy innocence. Just three blocks away was a contrasting image, as St. George Police officers were investigating a collision involving a mother, her two children, a stroller and a vehicle. The collision between a Jeep Cherokee and the stroller left both children, ages one and 10, with minor injuries, according to police, though the injuries to the older child were enough that they had to be taken by ambulance to St. George Regional Hospital. The collapsed stroller sat on the street near the curb as police investigated the incident that happened around 4:30 p.m., with some witnesses on scene looking visibly shaken. According to witnesses, a vehicle traveling west on 100 South hit the front of the stroller holding a toddler as it was turning onto 100 East.
St George News

812 more COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths, 18,005 vaccinations reported in Utah

VIDEO: Utah's number of COVID-19 cases increased by 812 on Wednesday, with 14 more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health. The health department estimates there are now 19,001 active cases of the disease in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 768, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period reported with the "people over people" method is now 13.1%. The positive test rate per day seven-day average calculated with the "test over test" method is now 6.1%. There are 222 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 91 in intensive care, state data shows. About 74% of all intensive care unit beds in Utah are now occupied, including about 77% of ICU beds in the state's 16 referral hospitals.
KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City

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