Wildfire Erupts Near Federal Heights

ATTENTION: News Desk / Assignment Editors

MEDIA HOTLINE: 801-550-0121

INCIDENT TYPE: Large Outdoor Grass Fire

LOCATION: Federal Heights area, north of Huntsman Cancer Institute (2000 E. Circle of Hope Drive)

At 1:33 a.m. on Friday, July 5, 48 Salt Lake City firefighters responded within just five minutes to a large, outdoor grass fire in the Federal Heights area.

Several calls were made to 911, and SLC Fire crews were quickly dispatched to the Huntsman Cancer Institute located at 2000 E. Circle of Hope Drive.

To tackle the flames, crews were strategically positioned at Fort Douglas and along Federal Heights Way, flanking the fire. They carefully read wind conditions and aggressively knocked down the fire within 35 minutes.

The three-alarm Federal Heights Fire was declared under control in only 58 minutes.

No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported, and no evacuations were necessary.

Salt Lake City Fire and the Division of Natural Resources continued to work into the morning on the Federal Heights Fire area, monitoring the site, and working to prevent flare ups. They will likely be in the area for at least another day as a precautionary measure.

It is estimated that at least 20 acres burned, However, more specifics as to the total land area affected is still being assessed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

With extremely hot and dry conditions, wildfire risks continue to be dangerously high. Hotter conditions, expected over the next few days, hint to more fire dangers ahead.

As a result, SLC Fire continues to urge residents to employ meticulous fire prevention and safety efforts, and to avoid any activity that has the potential to start a fire.

*Photos courtesy of @SLCScanner/Gephardt Daily

CAUSE: Under Investigation

ORIGIN: Under Investigation



RESPONSE TIME: Five minutes, under control in less than an hour