Utah County’s Goose Point wildfire now estimated at 3,000 acres

The GoosePoint Fire, burning on West Mountain in Utah County, had grown to 700 acres as of Wednesday night. Photo: UtahFireInfo

UTAH COUNTY, Utah, Aug. 22, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The Goose Point Fire has grown exponentially overnight, more than quadrupling its estimated size from 700 acres to 3,000.

Utah fire officials said at a Thursday morning news conference that a more accurate acreage estimate is expected later Thursday morning, but the fire could be as large as 6,000 acres.

Crews used heavy equipment to build a break between the fire and about 15 homes on the bench,” says a statement released Thursday morning Utah Fire Info’s Twitter page0% contained. No evacuations.”

More than 100 firefighters will be working the scene on Thursday, and will be continuing to use bulldozers and controlled fires — to consume grass and other potential wildfire fuel — to build a break between more than a dozen homes and the active fire.

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The strategy used by fire crews is based on conditions including expected wind directions, an official said, noting that wind can always change.

A tweet issued just before 10 p.m. Wednesday indicated the fire was at 700 acres and five percent contained. The Goose Point Fire was first reported at 6:26 p.m. on Wednesday.

The fire was sparked by machinery, according to information released at a news conference. No specific details on the type of machinery at fault were shared.

A map issued by Utah Fire Info showed the location of the fire to be near the south end of Utah Lake, on the east side.

Image: Utah Fire Info

Gephardt Daily will have more information as it becomes available.


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