Update: Ellerbeck Fire in Tooele County grows to 4K acres, 20% contained

An air drop at the Ellerbeck fire in Tooele County. Photo Courtesy: North Tooele Fire

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah, July 10, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A lightning-caused brush fire in Tooele County that broke out late Monday night is now 4,000 acres and is 20 percent contained, officials said Tuesday.

Fire crews from North Tooele Fire District and Grantsville Fire Department responded to the scene of the wildfire, which has now been named the Ellerbeck Fire, just after 10 p.m.

Initially, crews responded to a call of a brush fire at the Grantsville reservoir, but nothing was showing, and heavy lightning in the area had personnel sheltering in their vehicles while waiting for the storm to clear.

They then moved to the area north of Timpie, where they remain on scene Tuesday.

Hotshot crews are at the site conducing burnout operations, Utah Fire Info said in a tweet.

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


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