Utah, South Dakota fires sparked by parked vehicles
Smoke from the Fontenelle Fire in Wyoming casts an eerie sunset glow. Photo courtesy Kyle Ford/InciWeb.org.
Wildfires are burning across the West.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Showing just how bad the fire danger is right now, a couple of the most recent wildfires in the West — in Utah and South Dakota — were started by vehicles parking on dry grass at the edge of a road.
The White Draw fire in South Dakota started Friday near Edgemont when an RV pulled onto the side of the road. According to InciWeb.org, the fire started in dry grass and quickly spread to more than 100 acres. By Saturday afternoon the fire was reported as an active fire that had grown to nearly 2,000 acres burning in grass and timber on private and national forest lands.
Even with a few showers in the area, the fire continued to grow. Currently, Federal, State, local and federal firefighters are working to suppress the fire with help from a single engine tanker plane.
About the same time Friday in Herriman, Utah, the Rosecrest Fire also started when a vehicle parked over dry grass. The 669-acre fire has destroyed three homes. About 1,000 residents of the area are still under evacuation.
There are reports of additional property damage that are being evaluated Saturday. The fire is burning in dry oak brush and grass with some junipers.
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at Herriman High school, and shelters for both large and household animals are also available.
Track wildfire updates at InciWeb.org.
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