North Summit Fire District responds to two fires over the weekend
March 17, 2015
An intentional agricultural burn in North Summit Saturday destroyed approximately 14 acres of wildland.
For the second time in a week, the North Summit Fire District responded to an out-of-control agriculture burn at approximately 1:50 p.m. near Elk Canyon in the south fork of Chalk Creek, according to Tyler Rowser, North Summit Fire District public information officer.
No structures were destroyed and no injuries were reported as a result of the fire, Rowser said. It was contained at approximately 6:30 p.m.
The South Summit Fire District and the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands assisted with the call.
"This time of year it’s unusual to be having wildland fires," Rowser said. "People need to be very diligent about ag burns. It’s not illegal, but they need to be diligent in keeping that fire under control.
"It is a county ordinance for unincorporated areas to report burns," Rowser added. "And in doing so, if there are high-wind warnings the dispatch center will know if the county has closed any burning and that may help with not having an incident getting out of hand."
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The North Summit Fire District also responded to another fire call late Saturday night at the gated community of Echo Creek Ranches.
According to Rowser, residents reported the fire to dispatch at 12:50 a.m. after hearing "popping sounds" coming from a nearby camp trailer.
The fire quickly spread and engulfed the trailer in flames, igniting live ammunition rounds inside the trailer.
The fire was contained to the original structure, which was described as a total loss.
The cause wasn’t immediately known and an investigation is ongoing. But the incident appeared accidental, Rowser said.