Herriman Wildfire Burns More Than 300 Acres Of Land, Evacuation Continues

September 20th, 2010 - 7:56 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
fireSep 20, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A massive wildfire that broke out in the southwestern Salt Lake County’s Herriman City triggered thousands of residents to evacuate the place. The fire apparently broke out when a gunman was practicing with a machine gun and it prompted about 1,200 evacuations yesterday. No reports of injuries have been reported.

The authorities have asked Salt Lake County residents to stop using cell phones to free the lines in case of emergency. Salt Lake County Lt. Don Hutson said that it is all “chaos” while he was helping the residents to move out of their homes. A reputed media source reported that the evacuation center is located on Herriman High School, 11917 S. Mustang Trail Way. The eyewitnesses say that more than 100 firefighters made an effort to douse the flame in the best of their capabilities.

Capt. Brad Taylor of the Unified Fire Authority in Salt Lake City, Utah reported that the fire broke out at the Utah National Guard base at Camp Williams about 3:30 p. m. The recent updates show that two homes were burned owing to the wildfire. Lt. Don Hutson of the Unified Police Department said that the fire was vast moving. Gary Herbert, the Governor of Utah said at a news conference last night that a lot of things will depend on the weather. He added that initially when the fire broke out it was not windy at that time, however, later the winds “kicked up” and caused various problems. The Governor in his statement meant that the situation is still under control and hence he did not declare any stage of emergency till now.

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