Contact: Jason Curry – 801-703-0225
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.
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.
|Russell||5,000||20%||Threatening Natural Gas Pipeline2 Engines|
|Curlew Flat||4,500||80%||Type 3|
|Hogup West||500||0%||2 Engines|
|Bovine||1||60%||Type 3 with 35 Personnel|
|Promontory Hollow||40||0%||2 Engines|
|Golden Spike Auto||1||100%||Contained|
|Hatch Ranch||1||0%||Scouting Location|
|Golden Spike Engine House||1||0%||1 Engine|
|Deseret (9 fires)||Unk||Unk||Largest one: 30 acresOthers being scouted|
|Dove Creek||Unk||0%||Scouting location|
|Promontory 3-5 Fires||Unk||0%||Scouting location|
|Additional Reports 3-5 Fires||Unk||0%||Scouting location|