Bountiful Summerwood fire human-caused, officials say

Residents told to be prepared to evacuate beause of fast moving brush fire

[Update 9/4]

Officials say the fire was 100 percent contain on Sunday, September 3. 

[Update 8/30] 

The Bountiful Summer Wood Fire has burned an estimated 75 acres and is about 25 percent contained. Investigators have determined the fire was human-caused. 

Homeowners in the Summerwood neighborhood say they feel more comfortable Wednesday, but Tuesday night was chaotic.

Tyler Beecher's property borders the fire. He said, "I got a call yesterday from work, I work in Irvine, California, and so I got a call from my wife saying hey, the hillside's burning up and we've got all of these great neighbors up here hauling our valuables and cutting back scrub oak from behind the house and so I got back last night and just the greatest people in the world were here helping out."
 
He said his first priority was his kids. "You just worry about your kids. That's all you think about, where are they are they safe are they panicking. But again, great families around here took care of us."
 
Beecher told ABC4 that he felt the fire crews were doing a great job of keeping them informed and helping them to feel safe. 
 
Though the fire was much more calm, crews say it is still dangerous. Kim Osborne works for the Forestry Service and said the weather is always an issue. "As temperatures increase and the relative humidity drops, we get more active fire behavior. We're also expected to have a little weather this afternoon and with that weather usually comes wind," she explained. 
 

[Original story]

BOUNTIFUL (ABC4 Utah News) - Nervous residents of the Summerwood subdivision prepared to evacuate Tuesday night as a fast moving brush fire burned near their homes.

The fire was first spotted around 4:39 Tuesday afternoon. By 9 pm it had grown to 150 acres.

Forest Service Public Information Officer Kim Osborn said it brought a multi-agency response.

"Right now we have an air attack which guides all of our air resources," Osborn said. " We have one heavy air tanker. We have 5 to 6 single engine air tankers, the small ones. We've got one helicopter en route. We've got three Forest Service engines, a heli-tac crew, multiple engines from South Davis Metro, from Farmington Fire Department, Layton, Fire Department, Kaysville Fire Department."

Just before 7 pm, Bountiful Police told Summerwood residents to be ready to leave.

"We are sending out a Code Red 911 reverse call," Lt. Troy Kilian of the Bountiful Police Department said. "We are telling all the residents to stay in place but be ready to evacuate if necessary."

Osborn said the outcome of the fire depended on the strength and direction of the wind.

"It is currently burning away from the homes," Osborn said. "We are concerned later when we get the down canyon winds about the fire coming back toward the houses. We do have a lot of structure protection engines in place so we're preparing for that."

Osborn said the plan was to pull the 30 firefighters off the line late Tuesday evening so they could camp overnight at North Canyon Park and resume fighting the fire at dawn.

 


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