Stagecoach Estates Wildfire: Park City Battalion Chief Says "We Were Lucky"
Calm winds and good defensible space made quick work for Park City firefighters as they fought a wildfire in Stagecoach Estates Saturday afternoon. Park City Battalion Chief Ray Huntzinger tells KPCW that the fire started around 3:30pm and forced the evacuation of three homes near Lower Cove Road. Huntzinger says the fire came within 15 feet of a cabin. A man staying at that cabin tried to put out the fire himself and suffered minor injuries. He was treated at the scene and did not need additional medical care. Huntzinger says the terrain was challenging for the dozen firefighters on the scene. He described it as a deep canyon, with steep terrain with lots of Gamble oak. He says firefighters would have had a "legitimate wildfire" on their hands if the winds had been stronger, or if the area on the downhill side of the cabin hadn't been cleared. Huntzinger says firefighters contained the blaze within one hour and it took another two hours to mop up. The fire is human-caused, says Huntzinger, and is under investigation.