Lightning likely caused blaze in Brown’s Canyon
Fire burns 54 acres avoiding structures and homes
A lightning strike likely caused a wildfire that burned more than 50 acres in Brown’s Canyon early Sunday morning, according to Bryce Boyer, Summit County fire warden.
At about 3:20 a.m., a deputy with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office first saw the blaze and contacted dispatch. Crews from the South Summit Fire Protection District, North Summit Fire, Park City Fire District and Summit County Public Works responded.
Boyer said when he first arrived on scene, the fire had already spread to nearly five acres. He added, “We had significant enough wind to make it move pretty quickly, burning through grass and some sage.”
No homes or structures were threatened. However, several nearby businesses were notified, including Nuzzles & Co. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, however, Boyer said a lightning strike likely started it.
The fire took nearly eight hours to contain and crews stayed on scene for several more, Boyer said. As of Monday at around 2 p.m. the fire was still smoldering.
“My assistant and I were on it until about 6:30 a.m. this morning,” Boyer said on Monday. “It’s got some interior smoke occasionally, but it’s all in the black.”
While few fires have been reported in the county recently, Boyer said he suspects upcoming warm, dry weather could change that.
“This is the time of the year where, historically, most of our larger fires in the county have occurred,” Boyer said.
Since July 6, unincorporated areas of the county have been under fire restrictions, which prohibit open fires, fireworks and smoking outdoors, among other activities. The county’s six municipalities also enacted similar bans.
“People still need to be cautious and use common sense about where they are doing fires or shooting and so on,” Boyer said. “Everyone in the state is under fire restrictions except for areas owned by the U.S. Forest Service.”
To view the county-wide fire restrictions go to http://www.co.summit.ut.us/AlertCenter.aspx?AID=Countywide-fire-restrictions-in-effect-J-157.
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