FARMINGTON — Three people are facing charges for starting a fire Wednesday evening in Rudd Canyon above Farmington. The fire was finally contained Thursday afternoon.
Jarren Brown, 21, of Farmington, David Bean, 21, of Fruit Heights, and Chelsea Kendal, 20, of Kaysville, were arrested, Davis County Sheriff’s Sgt. Susan Poulsen said.
The Davis County Attorney’s Office will screen the case and could charge each person with unlawful burning and reckless burning, all class A misdemeanors, Poulsen said. If charged, the three will appear in 2nd District Court.
The Farmington Canyon road is still closed, but is closed now at the entrance, because of the fire, Poulsen said.
Emergency crews were called at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday to a fire that started in the Rudd Canyon area, Poulsen said.
“The three said they had been shooting in the area and then saw smoke about 10 feet away,” Poulsen said. “They tried to put it out, but it got away from them, so they went where they could call 911 and waited for officers.”
Officers confiscated three rifles and one handgun. The area where the three were shooting is closed to shooting.
Firefighters had the fire fully contained by 2 p.m. Thursday and expect to have it under control within a few days, said Kathy Jo Pollock, spokeswoman with Forest Service. Thirty of the about 50 firefighters were released from the fire.
As of Thursday morning, the fire had burned 14 acres of grass and oak brush, Pollock said.
Fire crews from Sunset, Syracuse, Clinton, Layton, North Davis Fire District and South Davis Metro Fire Agency were called to help Wednesday night.
High humidity and cooler temperatures helped to diminish the fire activity, she said.
Officials do not have a cost estimate at this time, she said.