Utah News

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Firefighters: Million dollar house fire in Pleasant Grove sparked by gas meter rupture

VIDEO: Firefighters said a home was a total loss with damage approaching a million dollars, following a fire Wednesday afternoon that quickly ignited with a gas meter rupture. Crews arrived at the house near Millcreek Circle to find flames shooting from the roof. “We haven’t quite determined what caused the spark to ignite the gas, but once it reached its ignitable mixture of gas and air, it just went off and burned very rapidly,” said Pleasant Grove City Fire Department Capt. Chase Gustman. Gustman said a family member at the home had been backing out a trailer and ripped the gas meter off the side of the house. “The gas began free-flowing at that point at a pretty high pressure because it was before the regulator,” Gustman explained.

13-year-old boy dies in UTV rollover on Sand Mountain

VIDEO: A child was killed in a rollover involving a side-by-side utility task vehicle during a family vacation on Sand Mountain in Washington County Wednesday afternoon. Emergency personnel received a call around 2:45 p.m. alerting them to an accident in the Bureau of Land Management Sand Mountain OHV area near Sand Hollow State Park, Park Manager Johnathan Hunt said. Sand Hollow park rangers, along with crews from Washington County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and the Hurricane Valley Fire District, responded to the scene where they found the family involved in the single-vehicle UTV rollover. A 13-year-old boy who was riding in the backseat of the UTV suffered fatal head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.
St. George News

South Rim Fire burns 350 acres near homes in Tooele County, blaze 80% contained

VIDEO: Several homes along Ridgeline Road near Stockton were threatened by the South Rim Fire. Dave Vickers, a fire management officer with the Utah Department of Natural Resources says the fire started around 4:00 p.m. and burned 351 acres. Approximately 50 firefighters, along with two helicopters and six single-engine air tankers helped get a handle on the flames quickly. Investigators are blaming birds for starting the fire. “Probable cause was birds in a power line shorting out the system,” Vickers said. “That has happened before.” Favorable winds pushed the flames up the hillside, away from structures. “If the winds were going a different direction, very easily we could have lost homes,” Vickers said. “Fast-moving fire, it's hard to get ahead of it when it’s moving as fast as it did.”
KSTU-TV Fox 13 Now Salt Lake City

Kaysville firefighters (and a cop) put out fire truck fire

PHOTO: A 22-year firefighting veteran with the Kaysville Fire Department hit a new milestone in his career Monday: putting out his first fire truck fire. According to Kaysville FD, a local business was showing off a “new-to-them” antique fire engine when it caught fire on 550 S Main St. “I would usually include some kind of safety message with this post but I think the message needs to be directed towards us: watch out, your fire engine may catch on fire,” said a post on the fire department’s Facebook page. “This is a confusing time for us; please respect our privacy as we work our way through this” Ironically, a deputy with the Davis County Sheriff’s Office was the first to arrive at the scene, according to the post. He used a fire extinguisher until firefighters arrived to douse it properly.
KSTU-TV Fox 13 Now Salt Lake City

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Firefighters make progress on Radio Hill Fire

Crews are making some progress on the Radio Hill Fire as it continues to produce large plumes of smoke visible through the northern part of the state. The blaze is believed to have stared from a lightning strike northeast of Bothwell, late Sunday night just before midnight. Box Elder County spokesman Mitch Zundel said as of Tuesday night, the fire is 62% contained and has burned around 2,306 acres. The fire has not grown in size during the past day but crews are continuing to watch the winds that are still in the forecast during the next few days. There are more than 70 firefighters attacking the fire on the ground, creating containment lines. They have been helped by two helicopters and an air-taker that have dropped water and retardant on hotspots.
Cache Valley Daily

Park City auto shop manager puts out brush fire after parts deliveryman spots it

PHOTO: A parts deliveryman spotted a brush fire on the edge of Cox Tire & Auto Service's parking lot and alerted the manager who took immediate action. In a Facebook post, the Park City auto shop credited "Doyle" of Napa Park City Auto Parts for noticing the brush fire and saying something so emergency services could be called. The post from Cox Tire & Auto Service stated in part: He (Doyle) acted fast and notified us. Our fast-thinking manager grabbed the fire extinguisher and stopped the flames. The auto shop stated that the Summit County Sheriff’s Department responded in minutes and helped to stop the fire's smoldering. The Park City Fire Department also sprayed the small fire with water shortly after, the shop added.
KMYU-TV My Utah Salt Lake City

Round Peak Fire burning above Springville reaches 5% containment at 267 acres

VIDEO: A wildfire burning close to homes east of Springville reached 5% containment at 267 acres as of 8 p.m. Tuesday after reaching 325 acres earlier in the day, according to Utah Fire Info. While many local agencies responded Monday night and throughout the day, the Northern Utah Interagency Type 3 Team assumed command at the fire at about 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Round Peak Fire started on Monday about 10:12 p.m., according to information from Utah Fire Info. Tuesday morning, officials reported the fire was at 70-100 acres. The closest structure is barely half a mile away, although the fire moved down the mountain slope during the night. The wildfire is primarily burning in grass and brush. It was started by a campfire, and is still under investigation.
Daily Herald

Boulder smashes into home near Round Peak Fire in Springville

VIDEO: There were no injuries after a boulder rolled into a home near the Round Peak Fire in Springville. Pat Knowlden lives down the hill from where crews are fighting the wildfire, and she said she was reading Tuesday night when she heard a loud noise. Knowlden said her first worry was that a plane assisting the firefighters had crashed, but when she looked outside she saw a large boulder on her front porch. "We had people in both of those backyards just visiting, and the rock went right between those two homes and it bounced," she said. "It just kept bouncing and bouncing over onto our porch." Knowlden is relieved there were no injuries. She said forestry personnel came by the home with a crane to haul the boulder away.
KSTU-TV Fox 13 Now Salt Lake City

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