Crews douse fast-moving Morgan fire

Jun 30 2012 - 6:40am

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Crews work to extinguish a fire on the north side of I-84 in Mountain Green on Friday.  NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner
Crews work to extinguish a fire on the north side of I-84 in Mountain Green on Friday.  NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner
Crews work to extinguish a fire on the north side of I-84 in Mountain Green on Friday.  NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner
Crews work to extinguish a fire on the north side of I-84 in Mountain Green on Friday.  NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner
Crews work to extinguish a fire on the north side of I-84 in Mountain Green on Friday.  NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner
Crews work to extinguish a fire on the north side of I-84 in Mountain Green on Friday.  NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner
Crews work to extinguish a fire on the north side of I-84 in Mountain Green on Friday.  NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner
Crews work to extinguish a fire on the north side of I-84 in Mountain Green on Friday.  NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner

MOUNTAIN GREEN -- A fast-moving grass fire burned about 15 acres in Mountain Green on Friday afternoon.

The fire was first reported about 2 p.m. near the Interstate 84 westbound rest area, said Boyd Carrigan, the Morgan County fire warden.

A downed power line caused the fire, which charred primarily grass and sagebrush.

No one was hurt because of the fire.

No structures were damaged either, though the Morgan County Sheriff's Office did evacuate a few homes as a precaution, Carrigan said.

He did not have more details immediately available regarding the number of homes that were evacuated or where they are located.

Responding to the call were 25 firefighters from the Morgan and Mountain Green volunteer fire departments, as well as personnel from Weber Fire District.

By about 4 p.m., the firefighters had the blaze under control and were mopping up.

It was fortunate the fire didn't spread any farther, Carrigan said. "We were lucky to catch it when we did."

DeeDe Pace, owner of the Needles Peak Ski and Bike store on Old Highway Road, said she could see the flames burning along the hillside from her store window, about a quarter of a mile away.

Pace saw a lot of heavy smoke and flames but said she wasn't that concerned.

Fire trucks staged in the parking lot in front of her business, which is just one in a strip mall. The trucks came and went from the lot, taking water to the fire.

Temperatures climbed to at least the mid-90s in Mountain Green on Friday afternoon.

Dry weather and heavy vegetation, combined with the recent, steadily hot temperatures have made for dangerous fire conditions across the state.

The high daytime temperatures in Mountain Green are expected to remain in the 90s through at least next Friday, with only a slight chance of showers Wednesday night into Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Standard-Examiner reporter Michael McFall contributed to this article.

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