Uintah Fire burns homes south of Ogden, Utah

Approximately six homes have burned and a Type 1 Incident Management Team has been ordered.

(UPDATED at 8:41 p.m. MDT September 5, 2017)

The Type 1 Incident Management Team (IMT) previously ordered for the Uintah Fire southeast of Ogden, Utah near the community of Uintah has been changed to a Type 3 IMT.

The perimeter was mapped Tuesday evening with GPS; the result, 619 acres.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday 250 homes are still under evacuation orders, according to ABC 4 News.

Local residents can call 211 for information about the fire. I-84 eastbound and westbound is now open.

(Originally published at 3:13 p.m. MDT September 5, 2017)

Uintah Fire
The Uintah Fire at about 10 a.m. September 5, 2017. Photo by Weber Fire District.

The Uintah Fire that started around mid-morning Tuesday has burned approximately six homes and caused evacuations southeast of Ogden, Utah near the community of Uintah. Both Highway 89 and Interstate 84 were closed at one point as the fire burned near 89 and jumped across and then burned along the interstate to South Weber where structures were involved.

Uintah Elementary School was evacuated as well as an assisted living facility and several neighborhoods.

At about noon aircraft began working the fire, and National Guard helicopters were mobilized. At one point a small drone was spotted a few hundred yards from helicopters that were assisting firefighters.

map of Uintah Fire
The red pin shows the approximate location of the Uintah Fire.

At noon the size was estimated at 500 acres and it was running to the northwest. A Type 1 Incident Management Team has been ordered. At 1:22 p.m. MDT the Weber Fire District reported that five fixed wing aircraft and two helicopters were working the fire along with numerous fire engines and ground-based firefighters.

The fire was driven by very strong down-canyon winds blowing to the west where I-84 climbs up the drainage to the east. The Power Plant weather station at the Interstate recorded 12 to 24 mph sustained east winds gusting at 28 to 45 mph. The temperature was in the 70’s with a relative humidity of 30 percent.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills.

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One thought on “Uintah Fire burns homes south of Ogden, Utah”

  1. Please try to communicate this message to any people in Ogden who have lost homes in the Uintah wildfire. My family and I lost two homes in the Valley Fire in Lake County, California (2015) and when I found no such resource available, I started a Facebook support group exclusively for people in the unique position of having lost their homes. If you lost your home to a wildfire, we invite you to join our support group.

    “This group is designed to address the emotional needs of wildfire survivors who have lost their homes. We in the group have been there and know what you are going through. We hope you will find this to be a non-judgmental safe space where you can share your tears, fears, nightmares, frustrations, hopes and dreams. You may respond in supportive and constructive ways that will help each other come out the other side to the post-fire “new normal.” You may find you develop long-term friendships with people who share your experience of wildfire loss.”
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1593879390927628/

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