Fireworks spark wildfire and force evacuations at Lehi, Utah

Near Traverse Mountain south of Salt Lake City

Traverse Fire
Traverse Fire at Lehi, Utah caused by fireworks. Photo by Justin Reeves June 28, 2020.

A person using fireworks ignited a wildfire south of Salt Lake City, Utah that led to evacuations north of Lehi.

The Traverse Fire was reported around 12 p.m. Saturday and quickly grew onto Traverse Mountain. Notices from Lehi Community Emergency Response around 3 a.m. Sunday said several areas near the mountain were ordered to evacuate: “Any homes one quarter mile radius from Vialetto Way to Annuvolato Way evacuate, also Autumn Hills Blvd and Spring View Lane.” In Draper city the Maple Hollow neighborhood was ordered to evacuate at about 5 a.m. Sunday.

Traverse Fire
Aerial photo of the Traverse Fire Sunday morning, June 28 via @UtahWildfire. It burned up to the back yards of 23 homes in a new subdivision on West Autumn Hills Blvd.

The fire burned up to the back yards of 23 homes in a new subdivision on West Autumn Hills Blvd.

Traverse Fire map
Map showing the approximate location of the Traverse Fire on the north side of Lehi, Utah.

At 11:55 a.m. Sunday Utah Fire Info reported that the Traverse Fire had been mapped at 450 acres. Evacuations were still in effect but “will be reassessed after the anticipated, strong wind event in the forecast has passed.” A current Red Flag Warning for the area is due to low humidity and 20 mph winds gusting over 40 mph through the afternoon. There is a good chance of rain after 3 p.m. Sunday.

Traverse Fire fireworks

Traverse Fire
Traverse Fire at Lehi, Utah caused by fireworks. Photo by Justin Reeves June 28, 2020.

The National Park Service and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem are planning a fireworks extravaganza over the pine forest at Mount Rushmore National Memorial July 3, 2020.

Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Rick. Typos or errors, report them HERE.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

2 thoughts on “Fireworks spark wildfire and force evacuations at Lehi, Utah”

  1. Bill,
    I want to take the time to tell you how much I truly appreciate all you do and your continued fight to protect our national forests. Thank you for your service!

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