Wasatch County

Heber, Midway and Wasatch County

Hideout and its 900 residents celebrated their 10th anniversary last Saturday. KPCW sat down with Hideout Mayor Phillip Rubin to talk about the town.

In 2008, state legislation sponsored by Summit County Representative Mel Brown opened a window for small communities to become municipalities, one town that took advantage of the opportunity was Hideout, Utah. Hideout’s Mayor Phillip Rubin says the timing was great for the town.

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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.

Heber City Police Department

A Heber City man was arrested after an argument with his roommates led to the man pulling out a gun. 

Kyle Louis Salber was arguing with his roommates when he pulled out a .40 Caliber handgun. According to a Facebook post by the Heber City Police department, Salber was intoxicated and using the gun to get his roommates to do what he wanted.

Officer arrived on the scene where Salber was taken into custody without incident.

Heber City

Heber City officials, residents and business owners have talked for years about the need to divert traffic off US Highway 40 with a bypass road. The Heber Valley Chamber Bureau wants the state of Utah to deed a 6 mile stretch of the highway to Heber City in order to take through traffic around the downtown area. Carolyn Murray has this:  

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A new housing development that would create 2,000 residences is working towards approval in Wasatch County.

The Dollar Ridge Fire has jumped over State Route 40 near milepost 57, about 4 miles west of Fruitland. UDOT has closed the highway from mile post 50 near Strawberry Reservoir to mile post 85 near Duchesne until further notice.

Wasatch County Sheriff’s office issued a mandatory evacuation to 40 Dam Acres, Pinehollow, Aspen Grove campground and marina.

The Dollar Ridge fire started Sunday afternoon and has grown to 42,000 acres, that nearly 60 square miles, with just 4% containment.

The “Dollar Ridge” fire started Sunday afternoon and by Monday morning had burned 6,600 acres, that has since jumped to over 30,000 acres burned.

The fire started 4.5 miles Southeast of Strawberry Reservoir, and has worked its way towards the Fruitland and Pinncales area

Evacuations have been ordered for Strawberry Gorge, Camelot Resort, The currant Creek Subdivision and the Pinyon Ridge Subdivision. Somewhere between 200 and 300 homes have been evacuated.


This week is a holiday for many who will enjoy time off, parades, celebrations and fireworks displays.  But it’s all hands on deck for the Wasatch Fire District.  They’ve got regulations in place and with the hot temperatures and high winds predicted for the next few days, they are on alert.  Carolyn Murray has this:

The crash occurred on Friday afternoon, near 3000 North in Heber City on SR-40. An eastbound Toyota Highlander crossed over into westbound lanes and struck a Mazda 6 head on. The driver of the Mazda, 16-year-old Heber resident Victor Benitez was killed as a result of the crash.

The Utah Highway Patrol does not yet know why the Highlander moved over into the wrong lanes. The driver, 78-year-old Heber resident Susan Burton was life-flighted to the U of U medical center with life-threatening injuries.