Uintah Fire in Utah: 18 structures damaged or destroyed

The fire burned 619 acres.

Teams of fire, structural, and law enforcement personnel have completed an evaluation of the structures that were affected by the Uintah Fire that started September 9 southeast of Ogden, Utah near the community of Uintah.

Their findings:

  • 3 Homes destroyed
  • 2 Homes damaged
  • 1 Mixed commercial property damaged
  • 8 Other structures damaged (sheds, outbuildings etc.)
  • 4 Other structures destroyed (sheds, outbuildings etc.)

Total: 18 destroyed or damaged structures

Strong down canyon winds pushed the fire rapidly to the west, burning into a residential area and along the Interstate 84 corridor.

Many homes, however, were saved, as you can see in the videos below:

On Friday the Weber Fire district reported that there were some remaining hot spots, it was 85 percent contained, and still assigned to the fire were 10 engines and a total of 50 personnel.

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.

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