Crews battle wildfire near Echo Canyon
August 30, 2016
Fire crews were dispatched over the weekend to battle a human-caused wildfire near Echo Canyon, according to Tyler Rowser, a public information officer with the North Summit Fire District. As of Tuesday, the fire had grown to 300 acres.
At around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, a group of people at a shooting range in the area reported seeing flames about one mile east of the Echo Canyon Road, Rowser said. Officials estimated as of Tuesday morning that the blaze had affected 300 acres and was only five percent contained. He said aircraft were used to "help put a line down on the fire."
"We had continuously shifting winds it seemed like all afternoon until the sun went down. It was a bit erratic," Rowser said of conditions on Sunday.
Firefighters with the North Summit Fire District, Division of Forestry and Fire and State Lands were working on Monday to contain the fast-moving brushfire within an established perimeter. No structures were threatened or evacuations ordered at that time.
Two helicopters, a large helitanker and ground crews were dispatched on Tuesday morning when the blaze jumped the fire line. Rowser said the estimated costs associated with fighting the blaze is about $65,000.
Officials have determined the blaze was human-caused, but are not releasing any details.
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"Our whole thing this year is 'One less spark means one less wildfire' and, in this case, that is very true because we wouldn't be here if that was followed," Rowser said.
'One less spark, One less wildfire' is a campaign to educate the public about how to prevent wildfires in forests and desert areas.
For more alerts about the Echo Canyon Fire, go to http://summitcounty.org/AlertCenter.aspx