DUCHESNE — Nearly 500 homes, trailers, vehicles and other structures have been destroyed or damaged in the Dollar Ridge Fire burning near Strawberry Reservoir, Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

According to a report from damage assessment teams, 80 homes, 131 camp trailers, 81 utility trailers, 158 sheds or agricultural buildings and 25 vehicles had all been damaged or destroyed by the blaze as of Monday morning in Duchesne and Wasatch counties, the sheriff’s office said.

Officials are still assessing damage in “remote” areas the fire has impacted, the office added.

A meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Fruitland LDS chapel for those with property inside the fire’s perimeter.

The fire was burning about 52,000 acres and was 45 percent contained Tuesday.

According to state fire officials, cloudy conditions and light rain over parts of the fire Monday helped “moderate fire activity.”

“Firefighters were able to continue their suppression efforts along containment lines and were able to establish sections of new line along the western and southern flanks,” fire officials said in a press release Tuesday.

They also were able to set up fire camps on the north and south edges of the fire, “which allows the firefighters more time on the line and lessens their exposure on the highway,” fire officials said.

While nearly 900 firefighters continued to fight the Dollar Ridge Fire, lightning sparked a new fire, dubbed the Ellerbeck Fire, in rural Tooele County late Monday and has quickly grown to 4,000 acres. Two homes and two businesses are threatened.

The blaze grew rapidly in the Timpie Point area northwest of Grantsville, said Ryan Willden, public information officer for the North Tooele Fire District.

“We’re hoping to get a good handle on it this afternoon,” Willden said, with crews bringing in bulldozers to protect the two homes Tuesday afternoon.

Containment was at 40 percent Monday, …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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