Uintah Fire forces hundreds of evacuations

At least six structures were destroyed in fire

[UPDATE 9/8]
Thursday, Sept. 7th all evacuations were lifted. The fire was 85% contained by Friday morning and had burned 619 acres.
 
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WEBER COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - More than 700 students had to be evacuated from Uintah Elementary Tuesday. The children were rushed over to the Dee Events Center on the Weber State University Campus.
 
The school district practiced this evacuation scenario just last year, so it went smoothly and all the children were picked up by parents here at the Dee Events Center shortly after.
 
Although evacuations in South Weber County have been lifted, the area of Uintah Highlands is expected to be evacuated through Tuesday evening and likely into Wednesday morning.
 
Because the fire has no containment and the winds have been unpredictable they don't want to send any of the 900 residents back up into Uintah Highlands. Although only one elementary school was evacuated there are still other schools where parents will need to pick their kids. That is if a child's home is in the evacuated area school buses cannot drop them off.
 
County officials are stressing that anyone who has been evacuated needs to come to the north side of the Dee Events Center to check in.

 

 

"But we need them to come through this location to have the proper evaluation performed and then as we know more about their individual situation they will be given direction to what is available to them at that time,” said Kerry Gibson, Weber County Commissioner. 

 

 

If they have enough people who need a place to stay the Red Cross will open up an evacuation shelter, but often times people only need a voucher where they can stay at a hotel. Comfort Inn in Layton and the Holiday Inn in Ogden are offering discount stays for anyone who has been evacuated.
 
The evacuation center was closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, but officials say it will reopen Wednesday morning at 9:30. 

 


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