A fire in Tooele County near U.S Magnesium is reported to have burned over 4,000 acres so far. On Easter Sunday around 2 p.m., Tooele County dispatch received a call about a fire six miles northwest of U.S Magnesium, according to Dan Walton, Tooele County fire warden.
Firefighters from North Tooele Fire Department, Grantsville, Terra, and the Bureau of Land Management quickly rushed to the scene to try to extinguish the fire.
Later, the U.S Forest Service joined the agencies to try to extinguish the fire, which is being called the Little Pass Fire.
Currently, over 4,000 acres have burned and the fire is 70% contained, according to Walton.
The fire is thought to be human caused, but how it started is unknown.
No structures have been damaged and no injuries have been reported. The terrain has hampered firefighting efforts, according to Walton.
“The fire is burning rapidly,” he said. “It’s shocking to see it all kind of play out because of the persistent drought we are seeing in the county. Normally in April we would be seeing green grass out here, but there is nothing out here but dry grass.”
Just days before the fire broke out the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for parts of Utah due to forecasted warm temperatures, low humidity, and high winds.
It is important to try to prevent these types of fires in the future, according to Walton
“It’s all about public awareness and education,” he said. “The more careful people can be, the less we are going to see fires like this happen.”