Uintah fire is 100 percent contained, Weber Fire says

Sunday , September 10, 2017 - 11:57 AM

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Around 50 homes on and around Bybee Dr. remained under an evacuation order during the second evening of the Uintah Fire on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.

JESSICA KOKESH, Standard-Examiner Staff

UINTAH — The Uintah wildfire that burned throughout much of the week and caused nearly $1 million in damage is now 100 percent contained. 

The Weber Fire District announced that the Uintah Fire was fully contained at 11:20 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, via its social media accounts

Fire crews will make random, roaming patrols through the area for the next five to seven days, Weber Fire said. 

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The fire was sparked by a downed power line around 7:15 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5, and burned 619 acres of state and private land. The fire raged for several hours, spurred on by high winds and dry conditions, and more than 900 people were evacuated from Uintah and South Weber as firefighters from multiple departments and counties worked to contain the blaze. 

By Wednesday evening, the fire was 85 percent contained, but at least 100 families from the Uintah Highlands remained evacuated until Thursday evening.

Three homes were destroyed while two other homes and a mixed use property were damaged. In total, 18 structures were damaged or destroyed by the fire, Weber Fire District said. 

As of Friday morning, the initial damage estimate was $849,000.

The National Interagency Fire Center reported Thursday morning that operational costs “to date” for the Uintah fire were at $273,000, but officials expect those numbers to rise in coming days, according to previous Standard-Examiner reporting

Reach digital producer Jessica Kokesh at 801-625-4229 or jkokesh@standard.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKokesh or Facebook.com/ByJessKokesh.