Tooele City, Depot crews’ quick response saves buildings from field fire

Tooele City Fire Department crews were paged out for a fast-moving field fire at 742 North and 100 East., at 2:20 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2018. With assistance from Tooele Army Depot crews, the fire was contained to about an acre. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

TOOELE, Utah, July 27, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — In the midst of fighting the Middle Canyon Fire, Tooele City Fire Department crews were paged out for a fast-moving early morning field fire at 742 North and 100 East, near Lakeview Apartments.

The call came at about 2:20 a.m.

TCFD Fire Chief Rick Harrison said they were on the other call on the mountain and “had a little ways to travel,” but with assistance from Tooele Army Depot, they were able to extinguish the blaze fairly quickly.

The fire burned about an acre, Harrison said, adding that there was a heavy fuel load of dry grass.

“It’s a good thing Depot got a jump on it as quick as they did to help us out,” he said.

No homes were threatened and there were no injuries.

“It all worked out good,” Harrison told reporters.

The cause of the field fire is still under investigation.

Crews throughout Utah have been working virtually around the clock, fighting blazes in the mountains as well as numerous field fires started by fireworks, campfires and lightning.

“We’ve been busy since 9 o’clock (Thursday night). I’m sure we’ll head back up there on the mountain and be there ’til (Friday) morning,” Harrison said.

A moment later, he cautioned, “Be careful. It’s a dry season. Be aware of your surroundings.”


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