Grass Fire Prompts Evacuations In Weber County
HUNTSVILLE, Utah – The Weber Fire District was fighting a large grass fire near Huntsville that forced the evacuation of several homes.
Air support was working on the fire near Old Snowbasin Road with units from Morgan County, Davis County and, the Forest Service.
Firefighters said the blaze was burning in an area with heavy fuel.
Governor Spencer Cox said a target shooter sparked the fire.
Just a reminder that, despite some much-needed rain, we are still in extreme/exceptional over 99.96% of the state. This was a human caused fire (target shooting) and we need your help to make sure we don’t have more. Please skip fireworks tonight! https://t.co/sBDh1l2ClB
— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) July 25, 2021
Sheriff Deputies closed SR 39 in both directions from the Spillway to Trappers Loop.
Firefighters were making progress as they gained control of the fire. They saved several homes as flames approached. No homes had been damaged as of 7:00 p.m.
Weber & units from Morgan/Davis County, Forest Service & Air Support are on a large grass fire in Art Nord area off old Snowbasin Road. It’s approx. 8 acres with heavy fuel & multiple homes threatened. They have been evacuated by Weber County Sheriff’s.#carepreparerespond pic.twitter.com/pQz99qzfH5
— Weber Fire District (@WeberFireDist) July 25, 2021
Calls to report the smoke started coming into the KSL newsroom around 5 p.m. The Fire District said it had spread to eight acres by 6:15 p.m.
A Facebook post from the Weber County Sheriff Department said deputies evacuated homes but it’s not known how many.
Deputies asked motorists to avoid the area because vehicles were creating a traffic problem.
Chopper 5 was over the firefight for several minutes in the 7 p.m. hour.
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