Wasatch County fire still burning
September 11, 2015
A Wasatch County fire has charred nearly 650 acres and continued to burn Friday as crews worked to close the lines around the blaze more than three days after it started.
As of noon Friday, the Wheeler Fire, located southwest of the Deer Creek Reservoir, had spread to approximately 648 acres and was 50 percent contained. The terrain is made up of grass, sage, juniper and scrub oak.
More than 200 firefighters, including Summit County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer, have assisted in containing the blaze with support from water and retardant-carrying helicopters.
Boyer has been at the scene since shortly after the fire started Monday afternoon, logging a 20-hour work day on Tuesday. Boyer has been serving as the operations planner to coordinate strategies for the next crew on shift.
"I’ve just been making sure they have what they need and they are doing what our plan is," Boyer said, adding "it’s been long days since it started."
Kim Osborn, fire information officer with the U.S. Forest Service, said the goal is to get the fire 100 percent contained over the weekend.
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No structures have been damaged and no injuries have been reported, Osborn said. One road, Forest Road 475, remained closed on Friday.
Officials have said the fire was caused by humans. An investigation is continuing.
Osborn cautioned that the fire season is "not over yet" and mentioned an abandoned campfire that had to be extinguished near the Wheeler Fire.
"We are still getting the high temperatures during the day and the low humidity at night," Osborn said. "People need to remember to put out campfires and be careful with ATVs. Fire season started a little late and people need to be aware that until we get a whole bunch of rain or snow, we are still in it."