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Wanship fire causes brief evacuations, now fully contained

Wanship Structure Fire
Park City Fire District
A building containing antiques caught fire in Wanship Sunday afternoon.

A structure fire quickly turned into a wildfire amid challenging weather conditions.

UPDATED at 9:55 a.m. Summit County reports that the fire is now 100 % contained.
A structure fire in Wanship spread quickly Sunday afternoon, and nearby residents had to be evacuated for a brief period.

According to the Park City Fire District, the fire started in an antiques barn at 30042 Old Lincoln Highway around 4 p.m. Multiple agencies responded.

High winds made it difficult for fire fighters to contain the blaze. A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for the area. Six to 10 additional structures were threatened. The fire quickly grew to 40 acres and a mandatory evacuation order was issued for the immediate vicinity of the fire.

Wanship Fire 2 from PCFD FB Page.jpg
Park City Fire District
A structure fire in Wanship on Sunday, July 17, 2022, quickly spread to nearby areas

An evacuation shelter quickly opened at the Wanship LDS Church just down the street, but the evacuation order was lifted just a couple of hours later.

Several structures were successfully defended, according to an online post from Summit County. Firefighters stayed on the scene overnight to work on hot spots and the perimeter of the fire. As of Monday morning, the fire was still estimated at 40 acres and about 40% of it had been contained.

Renai Bodley Miller became General Manager of KPCW in June, 2017. Previously, she was a reporter at KPCW. Renai is a 25 year veteran of the television news business. She was a news producer in Roanoke, VA, Richmond, VA, Miami, FL, and Washington, DC before moving to Utah in 1996 to be the Executive Producer at KSTU Fox 13. In 1999, she was promoted to Vice President/News Director. Under Renai’s tenure, Fox 13 expanded its news coverage from 2.5 hours to 10 hours of news a day. She retired in July, 2015, to enjoy her new home in Park City; but she couldn’t stay out of a newsroom for long. Less than a month later she signed on with KPCW as a reporter, and less than two years later she was promoted to General Manager when Larry Warren retired.