Weber and BLM crews have lightning-caused Refuge Fire 40% contained

Refuge Fire at Ogden Bay Waterfowl Refuge. Photo: Utah Fire Info/Facebook

WEBER COUNTY, Utah, July 30, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A lightning-caused grassfire in the Ogden Bay Waterfowl Refuge area has consumed in excess of 400 acres and is now 40 percent contained.

Capt. Rick Cooper, of Weber Fire District, said the blaze, known as the Refuge Fire, was reported at 1 a.m. Saturday. By Saturday night, it was about 35 percent contained.

“There’s been no fire movement in the last 48 hours,” Cooper told Gephardt Daily on Monday morning. “There’s very little threat to infrastructure.”

Calling it “a pretty safe fire,” Cooper said crews have been burning around the fire to keep it contained, and it’s holding at 40 percent.

“It’s inaccessible due to the water,” he said.

There have been no injuries in this fire.

Cooper said, “There’s probably very little impact to the wildlife. There were some cattle out there, but there have been no injuries to any cattle.”

Cooper said he and Assistant Fire Warden Barry Locke have been on scene, along with crews from Weber Fire District Engine 464 and Bureau of Land Management Engine 5629.

Refuge Fire at Ogden Bay Waterfowl Refuge. Photo: Utah Fire Info/Facebook

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