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Park City Fire District

Park City firefighters responded to a small wildfire above Park City on Saturday morning.

 

The fire was in the Empire Pass area just above the Empire Canyon Lodge at Deer Valley. Firefighters say the blaze was a campfire that got out of hand.

 

Crews responded quickly on Saturday morning and were able to extinguish the flames before they grew too large. 

 

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**UPDATE:  I-80 will be closed Friday at 9am, according to Unified Fire Authority, to support firefighting operations.  They don't know how long the highway will be shut down.  If you need to get from Park City to Salt Lake City, take an alternate route.**

A fast-moving wildfire in Parleys Canyon sparked about 6:30pm Thursday evening.  About an hour later, Interstate 80 between Park City and Salt Lake City was closed to vehicles so fire fighters could battle the blaze on the ground and from the air.  The highway reopened around 9:30pm.

U.S. Forest Service

The Upper Provo fire that has been burning in the Uinta Mountains since last Friday, is growing, but fire crews are starting to see an improvement in containing the fire even as some are pulled off to fight other blazes caused by abandoned campfires.

 

The fire in far eastern Summit County, which is believed to be human-caused, has grown to 480 acres. The fire is burning mixed conifer and lodgepole pine in the Murdock Basin area. Two forest service roads remain closed around the area of Murdock Basin and Broadhead Meadows.

Mitchel Burns

A wildfire in Wasatch County has caused a few preliminary evacuations near the town of Daniel.

(12:30) Summit County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer with an outlook on the fire season.

(20:50) Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson previews tomorrow's Planning Commission agenda, including another look at the proposed development at the base of PCMR.

Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

The Saddle Fire has burned 683 acres and is up to 70% contained.

Wasatch County Sheriff Department

The Big Hollow Fire which started on Friday evening is now put out.

The Big Hollow fire was located about a half mile southeast of the Big Hollow Shooting Range just south of the town of Daniel in Wasatch County. The fire started Friday night and burned a total of 77 acres but did not really spread beyond the first night. Mike Eriksson a spokesperson for the state Division of Forestry, Fire and State lands says they got lucky with some cool nights and had access to resources they needed.

Wasatch County Sheriff’s Department

Around 7:00 on Friday night, Wasatch County 9-1-1 dispatch began receiving calls about a fire near the Big Hollow Shooting Range.

Big Hollow is located southwest of the town of Daniel. At last report from officials the fire was at 100 acres and was five-percent contained. The fire is mostly on Division of Wildlife land with possibly an acre or two of private land being impacted.

Summit County

The South Summit Fire District reported that a controlled burn got out of control for a while Friday afternoon.

The district said they responded to the call at about 2:20 pm. An incident report from the Summit County sheriff’s office said the burn jumped the road in the area of New Lane and Cottonwood Lane and started burning a thick stand of cottonwood trees. Homeowners were notified, but an evacuation was not implemented.

The Fire District said they were assisted by county deputies, the state Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands and the Forest Service.

Leadership Park City’s 25th class has selected their project for the year.

Leadership Class member David Kottler introduces this year’s project.

“A wildfire preparedness and mitigation project,” Kottler continued. “We felt like this is an issue that we've seen it in California, we've seen it in the local news and we as a class felt like maybe there's something we can do to help out.”

Summit County Council Member Glenn Wright doesn’t want the county to repeat the tragedy of Paradise, California, which was destroyed in last fall’s wildfires.

Given that, one of his major concerns this year is getting homeowners to create defensible space in the mountain vegetation around their homes.

Wright mentioned the problem during this week’s council meeting.

While Wildland Urban Interface rules apply to new construction, they aren’t enforced on existing homes and subdivisions.

Peter Knauer

Residents in the Wasatch Back continue to be impacted by the fires in both Northern and Southern California. The destruction is a sober reminder of how quickly and completely wildfires can destroy homes in the Western U.S.

Los Angeles County

18 firefighters from the Wasatch Back have joined with a group of over 70 firefighters from Utah to battle blazes in California.

The Woolsey Fire, located in Southern California has burned nearly 100,000 acres and is about one-third contained. The fire has also destroyed over 400 buildings in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Park City Fire Chief Paul Hewitt reports that the district sent three personnel with the Utah group. Utah firefighters left over the weekend and finished their first shift on Tuesday evening.

US Forest Service

The US Forest Service has announced a plan for a prescription burn in the Uintas.

In a statement the U.S. Forest Service announced that the Upper Provo prescribed burn will take place starting Saturday October 27th and will run the whole month of November, ending on the 30th.

The 6,000 acre burn area will be approximately 10 miles east of Kamas and on the northeast side of Mirror Lake Highway, between Norway Flats road on the east and Upper Setting road on the west.

As October draws to a close so does fire season. KPCW takes a look back at some of the larger fires in Summit County this year. 

One of the early fires in the season was the Tollgate Canyon Fire. According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Department the fire was caused when dragging chains on a trailer sparked causing the fire to erupt. Summit County Fire Marshall Bryce Boyer explains what happened next.

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