Sandy firefighters battle fast-moving wildfire near Dimple Dell Park

SANDY, Utah, July 24, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Homeowners in Sandy got quite a scare Monday after a wild fire broke out near Dimple Dell Park.

Laura Bjornstad told Gephardt Daily she was going for a run at about 3:30 p.m. when she suddenly noticed flames leaping from behind a row of homes.

“I could see it was burning dry shrubs and grass and it was moving really fast,” Bjornstad said. “I called it in and the firefighters got here quickly. They were really quick.”

Dimple Dell resident Mike Loveall also saw the fire. He said his first reaction was one of disgust, fearing a natural space neighbors had fought to protect would be scarred for years because someone was careless with fire.

“I could see the fire burning down the south side of the hill, burning toward 1300 East,” Loveall said. “It was catching the brush and trees, then came across the bottom of the gully. It burned everything in its path.”

Firefighters managed to knock most of the flames down in short order, but were kept busy mopping up multiple hot spots, which posed a lingering risk to nearby neighborhoods.

There were no reports of injuries during the fire.

The cause of the blaze has yet to be determined.

Gephardt Daily will update the story as information becomes available.

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