Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 10, 2019
Green Ravine fire in Lake Point off list of active wildfires in Utah

The Green Ravine fire is at 95% containment, according to fire officials, and other wildfires have popped up around southern Utah. 

At its peak, the Green Ravine fire burned 2,117 acres east of Lake Point and up into the Oquirrh Mountains. As of Saturday, the fire was over 90% contained, with crews remaining on scene to ensure once the fire was out, it remained out, according to the North Tooele Fire District.

A single hand crew — a total of 13 firefighters — remain on the fire, according to North Tooele Fire District spokesman Jon Smith. 

As recently as last Thursday, there were 145 fire personnel at the scene of the fire, which grew rapidly after it was sparked last Tuesday. In addition to the North Tooele Fire District, firefighters from the federal Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forestry Service and Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department helped to battle the fire. 

Personnel peaked at 160 firefighters, along with engines and air support units, such as helicopters and planes. Last Tuesday and Wednesday, single-engine air tankers dumped 68 loads of retardant, according to the Utah BLM Twitter account. 

Crews had to deal with steep and rocky terrain at the head of the fire near the peaks of the northern Oquirrh Mountains. Through last week, the fire continued to burn in heavy areas of oak and maple trees, according to Jason Curry, spokesman for the state Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, in a press conference last Wednesday. 

During its growth, the Green Ravine fire threatened homes in Lake Point, though there were no required evacuations. As it spread up the mountainside, the fire also endangered communication towers on the peak of the Oquirrhs, but firefighters were able to keep the fire at bay. 

At its peak, the Green Ravine fire was the largest active fire in the state. It was eclipsed by the Neck Fire, located north of Cedar City, which has burned 19,151 acres and is 67% contained. 

No specific cause of the fire has been released by fire officials as of press time Tuesday.

 

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