Crews battle fast-moving grass fire in Sandy

SANDY, Utah, Aug. 30, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — About 40 firefighters from agencies across the Salt Lake Valley worked to bring a grass fire in Sandy under control Thursday evening.

Sandy City Fire Captain Ryan Lessner told Gephardt Daily crews were dispatched on a report of a grass fire in the area of 8700 S. 700 West near the Jordan River Parkway Trail at approximately 6:15 p.m.

“When they arrived, they had a large amount of fire that was pushing from the south, north, through the river bottom,” Lessner said. “They made a quick attack, called for additional resources. They’ve been working hard to bring in additional resources to get a handle on it.”

Lessner said two structures were threatened that are alongside 700 West, and those homeowners were evacuated.

“They were able to push the fire around it [the homes],” Lessner added. “We’ve had no injuries, no structures damaged — it’s been isolated just to the river bottom itself.”

Resources were positioned on all sides of the fire in order to contain it so it did not get close to 700 West, Lessner said. He said crews will be on scene most of the night in case the winds kick up and re-ignite the blaze.

Lessner said it’s too early to say exactly how many acres are burned.

Investigators are on scene working to determine the cause of the fire.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information becomes available.





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