Utah News

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Prescribed burns near Spanish Fork Canyon may produce smoke through November

A prescribed burn near Sheep Creek in Spanish Fork Canyon will likely be visible until early November, near several burn scars from fires last year. According to a press release from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, officials with the U.S. Forest Service have implemented the burn, which will “reduce hazardous fuels, restore fire-adaptive ecosystems, regenerate aspen, reduce conifer encroachment into aspen stands and improve wildlife habitat.” Smoke will be visible at times near Soldier Summit on U.S. Highway 6 and portions of Highway 40 in Wasatch County. County roads 131, 117, 612 and 613 will be closed for firefighter access, as will Forest Service roads 310 and 311.
Daily Herald

Update: Kearns woman awaiting trial in one case now charged with arson

A woman awaiting trial for her alleged role in a decadelong abuse case is now charged with setting her house on fire. Larissa Esperanza Wade, 40, of Kearns, was charged Tuesday in 3rd District Court with aggravated arson, a first-degree felony; two counts of possession of a firearm by a restricted person and drug possession, third-degree felonies; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor. On Oct. 5, Unified police and firefighters were called to a house fire near 5100 South and 5100 West. Flames and smoke were coming from the house when the first crews arrived, according to charging documents. Wade, who was standing outside the house when emergency crews arrived, told firefighters that her live-in boyfriend and daughters were still inside, the charges state. But after putting out the fire, no one else was found in the home.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Crews knock down 2-alarm fire in the Avenues in Salt Lake City

Crews battled a two-alarm fire in the Avenues in Salt Lake City Wednesday morning. Captain Tony Stowe from Salt Lake City Fire Department told Gephardt Daily the fire started in between two small bungalow style houses in the area of 73 N. L Street in the Avenues. “The flames got tall enough that it extended into the attic portions of both those houses,” Stowe said. “So we had two simultaneous single family residence structure fires at the same time and so that caused us to bump this up to a second-alarm fire.” Stowe said there were no injuries as a result of the incident. “We have no injuries to report at this time, everyone was able to evacuate their houses in a timely manner, fire crews were able to get the fires under control fairly rapidly, as we did bump that up to a second alarm pretty quickly and had hands on deck right away.”
Gephardt Daily

Utah churches not required to have carbon monoxide detectors

Colorless, odorless and tasteless, carbon monoxide has no warning signs. When it escaped in an LDS meeting house Sunday in Provo, Utah, it poisoned 60 people. Such an event is entirely avoidable, but the government only requires carbon monoxide detection systems in some buildings. Churches aren't in that select group. "The code is a minimum standard," Ted Black, the state's deputy chief fire marshal said . "If you don't feel safe in your home or your environment, you have the opportunity to change that." Utah's fire code is written to protect the largest number of people from the most common safety problems in a way that is the least intrusive and expensive as possible. Most additions to the code over the years happen in response to a tragedy of some kind in Utah, or elsewhere in the U.S.
KUTV CBS 2 Salt Lake City

8-year-old boy transported to hospital after 3-car crash near Apple Valley

VIDEO: A driver and an 8-year-old boy were transported to the hospital after a three-car collision on state Route 59 Tuesday morning. A Red Chevrolet Silverado after a three-car collision on State Road 59, Washington County, Utah, Oct. 15, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Pastor told St. George News a Chevrolet Silverado was driving west when traffic in front of the vehicle began to slow. The driver of the Chevrolet did not slow with traffic, rear ending a Ford Super Duty. The force of the collision, he said, caused the Ford to in turn rear-end a Buick Lesabre. After impacting the Ford, the Chevrolet crossed into the eastbound lanes before colliding with the guardrail. The incident happened between mile markers 15 and 16, and the collision blocked both lanes of travel.
St George News

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