CONTACT: Kim Osborn (801) 710-3664
The Snoqualmie Fire, located east of Layton, Utah on the Salt Lake Ranger
District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest began at approximately 9:45
PM on September 2, 2019. The fire is currently 128 acres and 0% contained. The cause
of the fire is still under investigation.
Municipal, county, state and federal resources responded to the initial
report Monday night. The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest was in unified
command with Layton City Fire Department until 6:00 PM Tuesday evening. The
fire was then transferred to the Northern Utah Interagency Type 3 Team.
Structure protection was provided throughout this time by multiple cooperating
agencies from Salt Lake, Davis and Weber Counties.
Monday night a northeast wind pushed the fire towards residences and
firefighters put in hose lays and conducted a burn out operation above the
homes to protect the structures and help slow the fire’s progression. At this
point it was decided to evacuate the neighborhood in closest proximity to the
fire. Structure protection engines remained in the evacuated neighborhood
through the night. Police officers from Layton City as well as neighboring
jurisdictions staffed the evacuation area.
Tuesday handcrews used chain saws to clear the thick oak brush before digging
fireline on the edge of the fire. Firefighters utilized helicopters to drop
water throughout the day on active areas of the fire. Due to the successful
suppression tactics, residents were able to return to their homes by 7:30 PM.
Today: Firefighters will work throughout the day to secure the fireline and
fully suppress the fire’s edge. Air resources including 3 helicopters are
available support suppression efforts throughout the shift.
Closures: The Forest
Service closure includes the portions of the Bonneville Shoreline trail that is
on National Forest System Lands, Great Western trail and Forest Service roads
#083, #083-A, and #083-B and the access from Hobbs Canyon to the Bonneville
Shoreline trail and Great Western trail. This includes all motorized vehicles,
pedestrian, equestrian, hikers and bikers
Resources: Handcrews: 6, Helicopters: 2, Total personnel: 211