Brush fire ignites near Wanship |

Brush fire ignites near Wanship

South Summit Fire fighters responded to a small blaze near Wanship Wednesday afternoon.Photo by Grayson West/Park Record

Update 7:15 p.m.: According to Summit County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer today’s grass fire in Wanship is now 95 percent contained. No structures were damaged.

Boyer said there are indications the fire may have been human-caused which is is under investigation. The total acreage of the burn is estimated at 61 acres of grass and sagebrush covered property located south of West Hoytsville Road.

Approximately 15 structures and a cell tower were threatened by the fire prior to containment.

Crews from the North and South Summit Fire Districts, Summit County Public Works and the state Forestry Department worked on the fire line and Summit County Search and Rescue assisted with the temporary evacuation of several homes.

The fire was first spotted alongside Interstate 80, northeast of Wanship on the hillside overlooking the former Spring Chicken Inn restaurant.

According to North Summit Fire Chief Marc Giauque at around 2:30 p.m. the fire had grown to about 50 acres and crews were working to keep the fire away from the homes.

A bulldozer was used to cut a fire line down to the soil.

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