Evacuations ordered as firefighters battle blaze on Layton hillside

Aug 5 2012 - 9:33pm


LAYTON -- A wildfire burning above Layton that resulted in the evacuation of about 30 homes has been about 50 percent contained, the U.S. Forest Service reported  Sunday.

The Ridge Fire started about 6 p.m. Saturday east of U.S. Highway 89 near the State Road 193 interchange and has burned about 20 acres of grass and oak brush. Forest Service officials expect to have full containment by 10 p.m. Sunday.

Firefighters continued through the night fighting the blaze with two structure engines, a ladder truck, two brush trucks, a helicopter, a air attack plane, 11 smokejumpers, two Forest Service engines, a Bureau of Land Management engine, and a squad of seven irefighters from Layton and Weber Counties.

The crew kept the fire from moving west (downhill) towards structures.

A mandatory evacuation was ordered for 20 homes located in the Layton Ridge subdivision and 9 homes along 3050 North. Residents were told they could spend the night at a evacuation center set up by the Red Cross at Northridge High School. The temporary shelter has now been closed, Red Cross officials said Sunday morning.

Fire crews built a line along the east side of the fire and secured the south flank through the night. Two 20-person crews were expected to arrive at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

The Ridge Fire is being managed under unified command between Layton City and the U.S. Forest Service. Cooperators include, Weber County, Sunset, Syracuse, Kaysville, South Weber, South Ogden, Ogden, Roy, North Davis Fire District, South Davis Metro, Clinton, Farmington, Layton City Police Department, Davis County Sheriffs Department, Utah State Divison of Forestry Fire and State Lands and Utah Highway Patrol.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and law enforcement officials are asking that anyone with any information pertaining to the fire to please contact the Layton City Police Department at 497-8300.


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