Firefighters quell brush fires in North Summit
Cause of fires is under investigation
Over the weekend, North Summit firefighters and others from Summit County were able to douse a string of six separate brush fires along the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way near milepost 169 on Interstate 80.
According to Summit County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer, the fires were reported Sunday morning at about 2:30 a.m. He said it took about four hours to knock down the blazes.
Firefighters returned after daylight to ensure there were no hotspots. The fire’s status was officially deemed over on Tuesday, after Monday night’s rainfall.
Boyer cautioned, however, the county’s respite from fire danger is temporary.
“We did get some moisture but it is supposed to warm up by the weekend and the minute it does the cheat grasses will dry out and will be susceptible to burning again,” he said.
The pad locks to 30 different storage units and trailers at a facility in the Snyderville Basin were cut sometime between April 13 and 15.