Bushfire forces evacuation of campground at Wasatch Mountain State Park
A campground was evacuated at Wasatch Mountain State Park, where teams responded to a bushfire burning in the area.
The fire started around 3:30 p.m. Thursday just north of Midway. Firefighters repelled the flames and were working around the containment perimeter around 5:30 p.m.
Wasatch County Fire Protection spokesperson Janet Carson, the fire was burning in the campground. Officials said workers saw the smoke and called 911 emergency dispatchers.
Search and rescue teams were called in to help evacuate people from the heavily forested area. The number of people to be evacuated was not clear.
The fire burned about half an acre.
Carson initially said it was also likely that the nearby Wasatch Mountain golf course would be evacuated, but it was not clear if anyone had been moved from the area.
Campers have been allowed to re-enter the area and authorities have asked the public to be careful.
According to their Facebook page, the Wasatch Fire District implemented fire restrictions starting June 16.
Prohibited activities include:
- No open fires in public facilities such as campgrounds and picnic areas.
- Light fireworks or unload ammunition.
- Cut, weld or grind metal near dry vegetation.
- Motorcycles, chainsaws, ATVs or internal combustion engines without a spark arrester.
Officials said the blaze also appeared to have been man-made, although details were not disclosed.