Evacuations Lifted for Bountiful Gun Range Fire

Aug 31, 2019, 7:42 PM | Updated: 7:50 pm

BOUNTIFUL, Utah – One look is all it took.

“It’s amazing. Great view,” said Justin Whittaker while standing on the back deck of his Bountiful home. “That’s really why we bought the house was the location.”

For all the pretty views Whittaker and his family are used to, though, when they came back home Saturday morning, the mountains weren’t the first thing that made them say “wow.”

“It’s completely different,” said Whittaker. “The fire came down all the way down the hillside and got pretty close to our house and property.”

When his neighborhood was evacuated early Friday morning, Whittaker wasn’t sure his house was going to still be standing when he came back.

“I walked out the front door and it was bright as day,” he said.

Whittaker took pictures of the huge flames approaching his home just before leaving.

“It was really scary. We grabbed our financial documents we had, important things, anything the kids didn’t want to see burned in the fire and we threw it in the car and took off,” he said.

His neighborhood was evacuated for two days until Saturday morning when fire managers decided it was safe enough to let people back in.

“The fire is looking really good. We’re happy with that, so we should have this out in the next couple of days,” said Kim Osborn, who is the fire information officer for the Gun Range Fire.

Even though his neighborhood is now surrounded by burned land and black ash, and his home has plenty of smoke damage, Whittaker is thankful he still has a home.

He knows some of his neighbors don’t.

“That’s devastating. I know the community is rallying around them and we feel for them,” said Whittaker.

The views are still amazing, but there is no doubt what’s most important.

“In that moment we were evacuating, we didn’t really care about all the stuff, said Whittaker. “We grabbed what we could. We’re just happy that our kids and our family is safe.”



KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

(FILE) Power lines in South Jordan....
Eliza Pace

Power outage impacts over 9,000 in Orem

Many Orem residents were without power Thursday afternoon.
14 hours ago
Tamara Vaifanua

Mother of 5-year-old boy hit by truck says she has no bad feelings for driver

The mother of a 5-year-old boy hit by a truck spoke with KSL TV about the crash. 
14 hours ago
FILE: Bountiful Police (Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)...
Eliza Pace

13-year-old hit by car in crosswalk

A 13-year-old boy was hit by a car as he entered a crosswalk near 500 E. 2600 South in Bountiful around 3 p.m. Wednesday.
14 hours ago
FILE: Kathy Dalton takes time to teach her kids about nature while they explore the outdoors. (Sour...
Ashley Moser

Nature can help your little ones learn how to count

Preschool directors for the Stokes Nature Center say one of the best and easiest ways to teach your little ones how to count is by going on a walk.
14 hours ago
Ladd Egan

‘The Dignity Index’ launches pilot program in Utah to score messaging from candidates

A new project in Utah is trying to encourage political candidates to use more dignity and get rid of contempt by scoring the words and messaging they use.
14 hours ago
(KSL TV)...
Andrew Adams

Trial run of license plate-reading cameras in Tooele met with mixed reactions

Sophisticated license plate-reading cameras made their debut in Tooele, but they're already drawing concerns, and police are clarifying exactly how they work.
14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Evacuations Lifted for Bountiful Gun Range Fire