Human-caused Deer Creek fire continues to grow |

Human-caused Deer Creek fire continues to grow

Nan Chalat Noaker, The Park Record

As of noon Tuesday, about70 firefighters from multiple agencies were working to contain a 500-acre wildfire in Wasatch County. According to Mike Eriksson from the Utah Division of State Lands, the fire was only five percent contained but he was hopeful they were beginning to get the upper hand.

"We have a lot of resources on site and we made good progress last night. If the weather cooperates, the firefighters should be able to get in close and launch a direct attack," he said.

Eriksson said the fire was human-caused but declined to be more specific until the investigation is complete.

The fire, which was first reported Monday afternoon, is burning on private land near Cascade Springs. Several homes in the area were evacuated Monday but residents have since been allowed to return. However, Eriksson said, they are still on alert in case the winds shift. He described the terrain, which is covered mostly in Gambel oak and maple, as rugged and difficult to access. No structures were involved as of Tuesday afternoon.

According to Summit County Emergency Manager Chris Crowley, the county’s fire warden, Bryce Boyer, was assisting the Forest Service and Wasatch and Utah County crews with the suppression effort. The county had also sent over some heavy equipment.

Several roads into the Casacade Springs area are currently closed.

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