HERRIMAN -- A large, fast-moving fire broke out at the Camp Williams machine-gun range around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Utah National Guard Lt. Col. Hank McIntire said. The blaze caused Herriman City Mayor Josh Mills to declare a state of emergency.
Unified Fire Authority Capt. Brad Taylor said the evacuation of about 1,250 homes was under way late Sunday night, and Unified Police were assisting with the mandatory evacuation.
Two chapters of the American Red Cross were working in a combined effort to offer any help to those being evacuated.
"Our big effort for the night is to provide people with a place to gather, get information, get updates and get a little empathy and help from our Red Cross staff," said Susan Thomas, Utah Region communications director for the Red Cross.
The Red Cross initially set up an evacuation center at Fort Herriman Middle School, but that location had to be evacuated itself because of the fire, so the Red Cross moved its refuge of cots, water and snacks to Herriman High School.
"We can give people a place to sleep tonight, we can offer shelter if needed and we can feed them all breakfast in the morning if that is needed," Thomas said.
Thomas said the Red Cross was prepared to open additional shelters throughout the night if necessary.