Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 8, 2020
High winds scatter smoke and clear the county air

Power outages reported throughout Tooele County 

Blue skies and snow capped mountains replaced the smoky haze on the horizon in Tooele Valley this morning as the sun appeared over the Stansbury Mountains.

Smoke from wildfires in Utah and other states brought Tooele County’s air quality for particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 microns or smaller, PM 2.5, to the yellow or moderate level since Sunday, according to the Utah Division of Air Quality.

These fine particulates, which are about 30 times smaller than the width of a human hair, can travel deeply into the lungs and cause both short-term and long-term health effects.

At the yellow level the air quality is acceptable; however, pollution in this range may pose a moderate health concern for a very small number of individuals. People who are unusually sensitive to ozone or particle pollution may experience respiratory symptoms, according to the DAQ.

The County’s air cleared as a cold downslope windstorm hit Tooele and Salt Lake Valleys early this morning with gusts as high as 44 mph reported in Tooele County.

Rocky Mountain Power reported 170,325 customer outages in northern Utah this morning.

There were 1,648 power outages reported in Tooele City, 113 in Grantsville, and several other outages scattered throughout the county, according to Rocky Mountain Power’s online outage map as of 11 a.m. today.

Tooele Countycooled off overnight as the temperature dropped from a high of 93 on Monday to a forecasted high of 53 today.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for a mostly sunny afternoon today for Tooele City, with a north northeast wind 25 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. 

The chance of precipitation is 60% with little or no snow accumulation in the valley expected.

Tonight’s forecast includes a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Breezy, with an east wind of 19 to 24 mph decreasing to 8 to 13 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. reports seven large wildfires in Utah with none in Tooele County. 

The U.S. Forest Service website reports wildfires scattered through the northwest in Washington, Idaho and Oregon and several in California.

The air quality in Tooele County was green as of 11 a.m. today, according to the DAQ.


Tim Gillie

Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim has been writing for the Transcript Bulletin since October 2017. In February 2019 he was named as editor. In addition to being editor, Tim continues to write about Tooele County government, education, business, real estate, housing, politics and the state Legislature.A native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University, Tim became a journalist after a 20 year career with the Boy Scouts of America.

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