Wildfire forces evacuations, power outages near Ogden Canyon

Sunday , July 20, 2014 - 3:31 PM

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Crews battle a wildfire near the mouth of Ogden Canyon on Saturday night, July 19, 2014. (BENJAMIN...

OGDEN - A wildfire forced voluntary evacuations near the mouth of Ogden Canyon by Saturday evening.

Ogden City firefighters made evacuation notifications to homes east of Buchanan Ave from 1850 S. to 22nd Street.

The fire began around 8 p.m. above the 21st Street Trailhead, according to Ogden City Fire Department.

As of 9 p.m., the fire had burned about three acres of land and flared up throughout the evening. 

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By midnight the wildfire had rapidly spread to homes above 22nd Street prompting Rocky Mountain Power to observe the area and possible power line concerns.

The American Red Cross was on scene with firefighters helping evacuees who went to an LDS church at 1550 Rushton Street, if they didn’t have anywhere else to go.

Firefighters closed the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and Indian Trail for access to the fire.

No structures were threatened at the time of the blaze and evacuations were just precautionary. 

Fire officials said Sunday morning that residents were advised there is no longer a threat to homes. The fire has died down and is now up against the cliff above 22nd Street. Fire officials are continuing to monitor the blaze to make sure it doesn’t turn south or west.

At one point during the night more than 10,000 residents were without power, however, by 8 a.m., Sunday, the power was restored and Rocky Mountain Power reported no large-scale outages. 

 

 

Cimaron Neugebauer contributed to this story.

 

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