Environment & Public Lands
Thu July 5, 2012
Utah Wildfire Updates
The Quail fire burning outside of Alpine is still only 10% contained but all evacuation orders have now been lifted. And while fire crews worked to save homes threatened by the quail fire, volunteers from the American Red Cross did what they could to help evacuees who had to leave them behind. The organization set up a reception center and shelter at Timberline Middle School shortly after the fire started on Tuesday afternoon. There, evacuees can get a meal, get the latest evacuation updates, and even stay the night. Red Cross spokesperson Vern Gillmore says their main concern is the welfare of the displaced people.
"That's part of the mission of the Red Cross, taking care of your fellow man," he says. "We want to be sure that these people are not thrown out on the street as homeless people now. We want to make sure their needs are met."
Gillmore says last year the Red Cross helped more than one thousand families in Utah deal with disaster.
The shingle fire burning in southern Utah is still only 10% contained and has burned 8,200 acres of land. Officials have planned a community meeting for this evening at 6 p.m. at the Duck Creek Community Church to give residents an update on the fire. They will also be re-opening Highway 14 and allowing residents who live north of the highway to return to their homes starting at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning.
Meanwhile, the Duchesne County Sheriff’s office will be lifting evacuation orders from the Church Camp fire in phases. They will begin allowing people whose homes have suffered damage to return beginning Saturday morning. Owners will need to show identification and be on the list to enter the area. Starting on Sunday all other homeowners will be allowed to return but will still need to show proof of residency. The Church Camp fire has burned more than 6 thousand acres and is 85 percent contained.
A community information meeting pertaining to the Seeley Fire will be held at the Carbon County Fair Event Center tonight at 6 P.M. The Seeley Fire was started by lightning on June 26th and has spread to just over forty-two thousand acres.