10 homes, buildings destroyed in Moab fire
MOAB, Utah – Fire crews worked through the night into Wednesday morning watching for hotspots after a fire destroyed 10 homes in a Moab neighborhood. Two parking garages and another structure were also destroyed.
In the latest update, officials said around 150 people were still out of their homes.
Firefighters said the threat to other homes was over and the fire was 100 percent contained, but the loss was devastating for the small community.
Officials sid it began as a brush fire in a heavily wooded area along Pack Creek in the south side of town. A combination of wind, grass, and trees quickly moved the flames towards the homes and took a team effort from multiple agencies to contain the fire.
Five firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office said the area has been dealing with extreme fire conditions and that they planned to increase burn restrictions even more. He asked if anyone saw something or knows something about how this started to please let them know.
Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox planned to be in Moab Wednesday to survey the damage.
Getting our first look at the fire damage in Moab now. Last update was 8 homes destroyed. Awaiting @CityofMoab news conference this morning. I’ll be live on @KSL5TV at 12 and 12:30. pic.twitter.com/zAHRhndIUf
— Sean Moody (@SeanMoodyKSL) June 13, 2018