Brush fire burns sliver of land in Park City |

Brush fire burns sliver of land in Park City

Less than an acre charred in Park Meadows

by Jay Hamburger

The Park City Fire District says sparks from a saw used to cut metal or concrete at a home that is under construction caused a small brush fire. The Fire District says fire conditions in the Park City area remain dangerous.

A brush fire charred a sliver of land in Park Meadows on Saturday, the Park City Fire District said, indicating there is still a danger of blazes as the end of the summer arrives.

The Park City Police Department said the fire was reported at 1:33 p.m. on the 3300 block of American Saddler Drive. The police said in an online posting the fire moved up a hill toward Meadows Drive.

Patrick Harwood, a Fire District battalion chief, said the fire started at a home that is under construction. He said a worker was cutting metal or concrete with a saw, causing sparks. The sparks ignited the nearby grass, he said, describing the fire then spread to sagebrush. The flames reached to a height of 10 feet, Harwood said. The fire burned about one-half of an acre.

The Fire District sent eight firefighters to the scene in two engines and a truck designed to fight brush fires. Harwood said it took the firefighters approximately 10 minutes to extinguish the fire and address hotspots on the ground.

No structures were damaged.

Harwood said the fire conditions in Park City area remain dangerous. He said fireworks and construction equipment like the saw at the Park Meadows construction site can ignite a blaze.

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"Treat everything like it's ready to burn, because it is," Harwood said.