Contact: Mike Eriksson (435) 671-9170
|Start Date: Sunday August 9th||Size: 225 acres|
|Cause: Human-caused||Percent Contained: 50%|
|Personnel Assigned: 55|| Location: Fruitland Utah|
The 6400 fire started Sunday August 10th at around noon. This was a human caused fire that is under investigation. Winds quickly pushed this fire to the east after multiple starts along a short section of Highway 40 in Fruitland Utah. Due to the quick response of the Fruitland fire department, engines and water tenders were on scene within minutes. Unfortunately high winds pushed the fire into a home that firefighters were not able to save. One home was lost and another damaged. Additionally 2 sheds, a trailer and one other small outbuilding were lost in the fire.
Engines and Dozers were able to stop the forward progress of the fire around 5:00 pm and started to secure the lines and work hot spots. At 6:00 pm evacuations for the 6 homes were lifted and residents were allowed to return to their homes.
Highway 40 was closed for a short time yesterday to ensure the safety of the public and the firefighters due to the smoke on the road.
A helicopter flight in the evening put the acreage at 225. 50% containment was achieved by the time most of the firefighters returned to their homes around 9:00 pm. One engine and a couple of water tenders helped secure the line through the night hours.
Today, one handcrew and multiple engines and tenders will continue to mop up the fire and secure those portions where the fire burned the hottest in the thicker juniper and pinyon areas.