Uintah fire cause determined, Weber County says

Friday , September 08, 2017 - 11:08 AM5 comments

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

Editor’s note: This story was updated with a statement from Rocky Mountain Power at about 1:05 p.m. Friday.

WEBER COUNTY — Fire officials say they’ve determined the cause of the Uintah fire that burned through southern Weber County this week.

The fire was caused by a downed power line, Weber County announced in a Facebook post Friday morning.

The county also said the Uintah fire has burned 619 acres of state and private land and was 85 percent contained. The post also said 50 responders and 10 engines are assigned to inspect the fire area over the course of the day. 

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Rocky Mountain Power said it’s aware of the findings and is working with county and state authorities on their investigation. The company also said it’s conducting its own ongoing investigation into what happened.

For safety reasons, officials have asked that no one goes into the Uintah Highlands neighborhood except residents. Those who don’t live there have been asked to stay out of the area.

Firefighters will be inspecting the area “for the next few days” to make sure the fire is completely extinguished. 

This is an ongoing story and will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Contact digital producer Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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