Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 12, 2018
Wildfire torches 983 acres in Skull Valley Saturday

A wildfire along state Route 196, north of Iosepa, burned nearly 1,000 acres of private and federal land Saturday, according to county fire officials. 

The fire is believed to have started around 3:30 p.m. and involved a total of 983 acres of federal Bureau of Land Management and private property, according to Tooele County Fire Warden Daniel Walton. As a result of the fire, SR-196, also known as Skull Valley Road, was closed, but reopened by 7:12 p.m., according to the Dugway Police Department. 

Crews and dozers from the BLM were involved in battling the blaze, in addition to North Tooele Fire District, Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department and Terra Fire Department, Walton said. The U.S. Air Force and Ely Helicopter crew also responded to the fire, with two single-engine air tankers fighting the fire. 

Tooele County Emergency Management, state Department of Natural Resources, Tooele County Sheriff’s Office and Utah Highway Patrol also assisted on the wildfire, according to Walton. 

A home was threatened by the fire but was not damaged due to a well-coordinated effort, Walton said. 

The fire was reported as fully contained by 9 p.m., according to Walton. The BLM is handling the investigation into the cause of the wildfire.

 

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