Residents affected by the lightning-cause fire that swept up a steep hillside near Wanship Tuesday afternoon, spent an uneasy night. As of early Wednesday morning, many still did not know whether their homes were among the 13 now confirmed to have been consumed by the blaze.
According to Summit County Communications Director Julie Booth, in addition to the homes that were lost, 20 outbuildings and several vehicles were destroyed. She added that the fire is only 5 percent contained and 450 homes are still in jeopardy.
As of Wednesday morning, traffic was limited on State Road 32 between the Wanship exit on Interstate 80 and the entrance to Rockport State Park.
Evacuees were being referred to Red Cross centers set up at the LDS meetinghouse in Trailside, and the North Summit Middle School. According to a press release from The Utah Red Cross office, "More than 150 people received services- such as hot meals and information - from volunteers at the two shelters on Tuesday. Two evacuees stayed overnight at the Coalville facility. Those needing additional assistance may contact the Red Cross at 1-800-328-9272 or 801-323-7000."
But, according to Park City Fire District Chief Paul Hewitt, there is also some good news.
On Wednesday he said, "Smoke production is a good indicator of fire activity and at this point there is very little fire. Yesterday there was a huge plume and it is nowhere near as aggressive today.'
Hewitt added, there had been no fire damage to any homes in Promontory, which is wholly located within his district, although some properties may have experienced some smoke damage.
He said the fire came within one-quarter of a mile of some structures in Promontory but the blaze was halted by the fire retardant dropped by air tankers Tuesday evening. "I am very confident about Promontory," he said, adding though, the PCFD is maintaining a strong presence to ensure structure protection.