Grass fire threatens refinery, structures; SLC firefighters knock down wall of flames

Salt Lake City firefighters battle a large grass fire near 2300 North and I-15 Sunday night, July 8, 2018. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, July 8, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — For the second time this week, Salt Lake City firefighters found themselves waging a pitched battle against a fast-moving late-night grass fire.

Crews were called out just after 10:15 p.m. Sunday with reports of heavy smoke and flames coming from an area near 2300 N. Beck St and Interstate 15.

When firefighters arrived they were met by a wall of flames 3 stories high and 150 yards wide, according Dan Marlowe, Salt Lake City Fire Department.

Fueled by gusting winds and a seemingly endless supply of tinder-dry grass, the fire threatened nearby structures, as well as the Chevron Refinery.

Firefighters set up a protective perimeter on the east side of the refinery and then systematically began to knock down the flames.

By 11:30 p.m. the SLC Fire Department tweeted the fire was 80 percent contained.

When asked about a cause, Marlowe said the fire appeared to be “accidental” in nature and may have been sparked by faulty brakes on a passing semi-truck.

Before it was extinguished, the fire burned trees, power poles and a stack of railroad ties.

50 to 60 firefighters were called in to battle the 3-alarm blaze, the second such fire in the last 3 days.

Early Friday morning Salt Lake City firefighters battled a 20 acre blaze in the hills above Federal Heights.

There were no reports of injuries in either fire.


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