Downed power line to blame for Uintah Fire, officials say

At least 6 homes destroyed in fire

[UPDATE 9/8]
Friday officials said the the cause of the fire was a downed power line.  
As of Thursday, Sept. 7th all evacuations were lifted. The fire was 85% contained by Friday morning and had burned 619 acres.

Rocky Mountain Power said they have been working with state officials on the investigation. They sent the following statement to ABC4:

The company is conducting its own investigation which is still ongoing at this time. We express our sympathies to the families harmed by the fire at this difficult time. We also appreciate the efforts of local public safety officials and firefighters who have worked tirelessly to prevent the spread of this fire.

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WEBER CANYON, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- A fire burning near the mouth of Weber Canyon has destroyed at least six homes Tuesday.

Officials say the fire burned close to structures and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents. Students at South Weber Elementary were evacuated to Clearfield High and students at Uintah Elementary were evacuated to the Dee Events Center on the Weber State University campus. 



Those evacuated are asked to go to the Dee Events Center. The evacuation center was closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday and will re-open Wednesday morning at 9:30. The Comfort Inn Layton, Comfort Suites and Holiday Express in Ogden has offered discount rate to evacuees. Anyone who has large livestock can take the animals to the Weber County Fairgrounds.

As of Wednesday, the fire has burned an estimated 600+ acres and destroyed at least six structures. Fire officials said they had reached 5% containment Wednesday. Officials say high winds caused the fire to spread and hampered containment efforts. Utah Fire officials say an investigation into the cause is ongoing, but they did confirm it the fire was human-caused. 

This is developing news. Updates will be posted as they become available.

Live look from the scene:




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