UPDATE: Fire in Echo Canyon, sparked by arson, grows to 585 acres
More than 100 firefighters from multiple agencies on Tuesday continued to battle a blaze that has charred 585 acres of land in eastern Summit County along Interstate 80 and prompted officials to warn residents in nearby homes to be ready to evacuate.
The Tervels Fire, located near mile post 170 in Echo Canyon, just east of Echo Reservoir, started around 2 p.m. Monday. It was 5 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, according to Krachel Murdock, a spokesperson for Summit County. Residents in Echo Creek Ranches, four miles east of the fire, were still on standby for evacuations.
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Investigators believe the cause of the blaze to be arson. No details were available Tuesday about what led investigators to that determination.
Crews from three Summit County agencies, including the North Summit, South Summit and Park City fire districts, are fighting the fire. Summit County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer, as well as firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, are also on scene, along with representatives from Summit County, the Utah Department of Transportation and Utah Highway Patrol. Crews were concentrating on establishing a line along the south and west flanks of the fire.
Helicopters dipped into Echo Reservoir for water to battle the blaze. Murdock said the reservoir was still open to boaters, but was “launch at your own risk.”
The #TrevelFire burning in Echo Canyon is now at 350+ acres. Firefighters are concentrating on the west end. Residents in the Echo Creek Ranches are on standby for evacuations. No infrastructure is threatened. Note correction in fire name. NOT #TravejoFire. #SummitCounty #Echo pic.twitter.com/3vhDVa21fG
— Summit County, Utah (@SummitCountyUT) September 3, 2018
One lane of eastbound traffic on the interstate remained closed from mile marker 169 to 171 Tuesday morning.
“If you don’t need to go through the canyon, stay away from the area if possible,” Murdock said. “If you do need to go through there, slow down and use caution.”
Anyone with information about the start of the fire is asked to contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Department.
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