Wildfire updates: Federal, national help coming for Tooele’s Green Ravine; Layton’s Snoqualmie containment increasing

Two northern Utah fires, the Green Ravine (right, pictured Aug. 4) and the Snoqualmie (shown Aug. 3), can be seen in photos shared by @UtahWildfire.
UTAH, Sept. 4, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials have released the latest acreage and containment levels for the wildfires smoking out residents of northern Utah over the past few days.

Green Ravine Wildfire, Tooele County

1,719 acres, 10% contained

The Green Ravine Fire started Tuesday just east of Lakepoint, Utah, a statement from @UtahWildfire says. Whipped by gusting winds, the fire grew to 1,000 acres by the end of the day.
A wildfire just east of Lake Point in Tooele County that began Tuesday afternoon is 1,719 acres Wednesday with zero percent containment. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Justin Anderson

A Wednesday night briefing by a fire official revealed that Green Ravine Fire now stands at 1,719 acres, and is 10% contained.

Fire spokesman Jason Curry said that firefighting crews from other states and federal resources are now being brought in to free Utah firefighters to protect communities.

Additional aerial resources will allow for better water and retardant dumps, to allow professional crews on the ground access to more safely create fire lines on the terrain, which is steep, rocky and unstable, Curry said.

Putting local fighters on the steep and unstable terrain would put them at high risk for injury, and would leave communities and infrastructure such as power lines and communications sites vulnerable, Curry added.

Snoqualmie Fire, Layton

128 acres, 60% contained

A fast-growing grass fire that broke out Monday night on Snoqualmie Circle above Antelope Drive and U.S. Highway 89 east of Layton is still zero percent contained Wednesday morning. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Nancy Van Valkenburg

The Snoqualmie Fire, named for the east Layton street near where it ignited on Monday, currently has 145 firefighters assigned to it. They “continue to put out hotspots,” said a tweet from @UtahWildfire.

The tweet, issued at 6:12 p.m. Wednesday, also said the fire is 128 acres and 60% contained.

Earlier this week, about 125 east Layton homes were evacuated due to the fire threat.
Residents have been allowed to return since the fire burned up the mountain, away from houses.

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