Deer Creek Fire

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Wasatch County is recovering from the massive Dollar Ridge fire which began last month near the Strawberry Reservoir.

The county's Fire Chief, Ernie Giles, said in his 30 years on the job, it's the worst wildfire he's seen--maybe the worst in that county's history.

Giles told KPCW that the fire is designated as 100 percent contained, but it's still burning in some spots.

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After an investigation fire officials have determined the cause of the Deer Creek fire.

The Deer Creek fire started on Wednesday July 11, when sparks from a Heber Valley train caused flames to race up the hillside near the Deer Creek dam and burn 381 acres. A heavy rainstorm stopped the progress of the flames just a few hours later. Fire officials worked to put the flames out a few days later on the 16th.

KPCW spoke with Mark Nelson the executive director with Heber Valley Railroad. Nelson said the flames were a result of a ‘perfect storm’ of bad conditions.

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Deer Creek Fire has burned 381 acres and is 20% contained.

The fire is located south of the Deer Creek Dam up Provo Canyon.

Public Information Officer Leann Fox says the fire started around noon on Wednesday and raced up the hill side.

“It was driven by weather and terrain, they got air resources on it very quickly. Then later some thunder clouds moved in and put quite a bit of moisture on the fire, it really helped the situation out.”

The rain storm started around 4:00 pm, after the rain fall crews went back out to continue working.

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An active fire is burning near the Deer Creek dam. According to eye-witness accounts, the fire started a bit before Noon. Although unconfirmed it appears as if the train started the fire. Crews, including several helicopters, are actively working to fight the fire. KPCW will update this story as we have more information.

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It could be another year before the smokes clears and those responsible for starting the Wheeler Fire have to pay the $1.5 million cost to put out the 640 acre fire. While no one was injured or buildings damaged, right now, Wasatch County is footing the bill.  Renai Bodley has the story.

    On today's program, host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Robin Marrouche and Mathias Sanyer about two events this weekend, including a fundraiser and the reveal of the Rainworks exhibit on the Center's patio on Sunday. Kim Osborne, the PIO for the Northern Utah Interagency Fire Team  has an update on the Deer Creek Fire. Park City Planning Commissioner Adam Strachan updates us on Wednesday's planning commission meeting and Ollie Wilder and Syd Reed with the Park City Community Foundation talk about this year's community grants which were awarded last week.

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The Wheeler Fire raging near the Deer Creek Reservoir is growing even after more crews were brought to the scene Wednesday and operations had to be stopped because of a drone that was flown in the area. Leslie Thatcher has more.

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A wildfire burning west of Deer Creek Reservoir has led to the evacuation of a nearby campground and officials have put the closest neighbors on alert.  The fire started below the Deer Creek Dam yesterday (Monday)about 2:40 p.m. Titled The Wheeler Fire, the fire has burned about 500 acres and closed the Cascade Springs campground and recreation area yesterday.