Herriman Wild Fire: Hundreds Evacuated as Homes Threatened
Around 1,400 homes had to be evacuated in the small community of Herriman in Utah on Sunday, after a 300-acre wind-stoked wildfire approached the area. The fire is said to have started at Camp Williams, a National Guard site that’s situated about 30 miles outside of Salt Lake City.
As reported by the Associated Press, Utah National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Hank McIntire spoke to the Salt Lake Tribune, and said that the fire started when dry brush caught fire during an artillery training session. However, the soldiers did not have the equipment or the manpower to stop if from spreading.
Fire crews were working on Monday, to stop the fire from reaching any more homes than it had already burned the previous day. According to the report, a shelter had been set up at a local high school in the area for those evacuees that did not have any lodging.
Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Lt. Don Hutson – who witnessed a couple of homes catch fire – said: “Literally, the fire was coming down into the backyards of many of these residents.” Hutson said that the 40-50 mph winds were pushing the fire over the mountain ridge, and into the Salt Lake Valley.
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