Firefighters Battling 30 lightning-caused Fires in Box Elder County

Contact: Jason Curry – 801-703-0225

Map showing known fire locations

The night of August 4, a large thunderstorm moved through northwest Utah. Hundreds of lightning strikes resulted in an estimated 30 wildfire ignitions. Fire departments from throughout Box Elder County responded and put full effort into locating and suppressing the fires. Approximately 15 fire engines worked through the night to protect rangeland, homes and fences. By the morning of August 5, more than 12 of the fires were fully contained and kept to an acre or less. Twenty of the fires have been named and there are about ten that have not been staffed.

Fire burning actively overnight

Today, about 70 personnel will be working to locate the remainder of the fires and bring them to full containment.

Below is a list of known and named fires along with their status.

Russell5,00020%Threatening Natural Gas Pipeline2 Engines
Curlew Flat4,50080%Type 3
Hogup West5000%2 Engines
Bovine160%Type 3 with 35 Personnel
Promontory Hollow400%2 Engines
Tri Corner10100%Contained
Golden Spike Auto1100%Contained
Hatch Ranch10%Scouting Location
Golden Spike Engine House10%1 Engine
Marble Hills1100%Contained
Deseret (9 fires)UnkUnkLargest one: 30 acresOthers being scouted
Summer RanchUnkUnk
HanselUnkUnkScouting location
Dove CreekUnk0%Scouting location
PeplinUnk0%Scouting location
PilotUnk0%Scouting location
SandallUnk0%Scouting location
Old Landfill1100%Contained
Promontory 3-5 FiresUnk0%Scouting location
Additional Reports 3-5 FiresUnk0%Scouting location

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