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Residents learn fate of homes after Dollar Ridge Fire

The fire has burned more than 56,000 acres

FRUITLAND, Utah (News4Utah) - 

UPDATE: 7/17- Crews say the fire is currently 85% contained and remains at 56,734 acres

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UPDATE:  7/16- Crews say the fire is currently 65% contained and remains at 56,734 acres. Smoke will be more visible as temperatures rise and fire activity picks up within the containment lines. 

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On Tuesday night, dozens of people showed up to an LDS meetinghouse to find out if their home was one of the 74 burned in the Dollar Ridge Fire.

On Tuesday officials posted a damage assessment. They reported the following:

• 74 homes destroyed

• 6 homes damaged

• 131 camp trailers damaged or destroyed

• 81 utility trailers damaged or destroyed

• 158 sheds or agricultural buildings damaged or destroyed

• 25 vehicles damaged or destroyed

In a community meeting on Monday, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox reminded the evacuees they have support.

"Tomorrow some of you are going to get some really bad news. Some of you who don’t know are going to find out that you're victims of this fire. Please know you’re not along through this,” said Lt. Governor Spencer Cox.

While crews will be in the area for at least another week, Cox reminded everyone that help will be needed long after the fire is out.

“A lot of people will forget about this a couple weeks after the fire is out. For those people who lost everything it takes years to rebuild. So we don't want to forget them,” said Cox.

Another meeting will be held Tuesday night at 6 p.m. During this meeting, owners are expected to learn the extent of the damage to their property. Wednesday morning some evacuee will be allowed to return to return to their property.

Attendance at the meeting is not required for Wednesday at 9 a.m.

The section that will reopen is south of Currant Creek River to the top of Currant Creek Mountain on the north side of the mountain. Proof of residency is required for re-entry and will be checked by sheriff’s office personnel at the roadblocks on US-40.

As of Thursday morning, the Dollar Ridge Fire had burned 56,687 acres and it is 60 percent contained. More than 800 firefighters are working to extinguish the fire.

Crews took advantage of Sunday and Monday's cooler temperatures and an increase in humidity and wetting rains to make a significant impact on the fire.

"We've got some wetting rains over the fire which is a great thing. But it's brought some downdraft winds which are real watch outs for firefighters. Overall on the fire line we've made some really good progress on the Northern side of this fire," said Louis Haynes, Ashley National Forest spokesperson. 

 

 

This is a developing story. More information will be shared as it becomes available. 

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