Lightning-caused wildfire rapidly spreading, may threaten Veyo, Brookside

The Cinder Pit Fire, Brookside, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Janie McDade Hawley for St. George News

VEYO – A lightning-caused wildfire near Veyo and Brookside is growing rapidly despite firefighting efforts and may soon threaten area structures.

The Cinder Pit Fire, Brookside, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Karissa Carsten for St. George News
The Cinder Pit Fire, Brookside, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Karissa Carsten for St. George News

The Cinder Pit Fire was started by a lightning strike at approximately 3:35 p.m. Thursday and is currently estimated at 100 acres in size. Located just west of state Route-18, nine miles northwest of Veyo, it is burning mostly on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management and some private property.

Officials on scene said the fire is growing rapidly due to strong wind and described its behavior as “sporadic.” The U.S. Forest Service, Northwestern Special Service District and BLM, among others, are working to stop the growth and eventually begin containment efforts. A firefighting helicopter drawing water from nearby Baker Reservoir and air tankers are assisting engine and ground crews.

“The wind is carrying it,” Veyo Fire Chief Dan Tanasz said. “We’re calling it a T3 fire, so it’s mid-sized and we’re hoping it doesn’t get worse.”

No structures have been threatened yet, though residents of Veyo and Brookside should remain on alert and prepare for an evacuation call, Bob Grancola of the Color Country Interagency Fire Management Center said.

“My parents reside in (the Baker Reservoir area) on a ranch and we are keeping a close eye on the fire,” concerned local Sierra Van Cleve-Archibald said.

Grancola said smoke and flames are visible from SR-18, but he urges members of the public to not stop to watch or take pictures, as they will be in the way of firefighters. Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched around 4 p.m. to keep traffic moving and disperse onlookers.

Updates will be posted as further information becomes available.

The Cinder Pit Fire, Veyo, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin for St. George News
The Cinder Pit Fire, Veyo, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin for St. George News
Firefighting agencies responding to the Cinder Pit Fire, Veyo, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Sarah Isaacson, St. George News
Firefighting agencies responding to the Cinder Pit Fire, Veyo, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Sarah Isaacson, St. George News

 

Firefighting helicopter drawing water from the Baker Reservoir, Veyo, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Sierra Van Cleve-Archibald for St. George News
Firefighting helicopter drawing water from the Baker Reservoir, Veyo, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Sierra Van Cleve-Archibald for St. George News
The Cinder Pit Fire, Brookside, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Sarah Isaacson, St. George News
The Cinder Pit Fire, Brookside, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Sarah Isaacson, St. George News
Firefighting helicopter dropping water on the Cinder Pit Fire, Brookside, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Sarah Isaacson, St. George News
Firefighting helicopter dropping water on the Cinder Pit Fire, Brookside, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Sarah Isaacson, St. George News
Firefighting helicopter dropping water on the Cinder Pit Fire, Brookside, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Sarah Isaacson, St. George News
Firefighting helicopter dropping water on the Cinder Pit Fire, Brookside, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Sarah Isaacson, St. George News
The Cinder Pit Fire, Brookside, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Sarah Isaacson, St. George News
The Cinder Pit Fire, Brookside, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Sarah Isaacson, St. George News

 

St. George News reporter Sarah Isaacson contributed to this report.

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The Cinder Pit Fire, Brookside, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Janie McDade Hawley for St. George News
The Cinder Pit Fire, Brookside, Utah, July 25, 2013 | Photo by Janie McDade Hawley for St. George News

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3 Comments

  • San July 26, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Waiting to see updates…there’s more homes up there than most peeps realize.

  • Charlotte Pomerleau July 26, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    We were passing by on HWY 18 going to our cabin in Central when we saw the flames. Thinking someone surely has called it in so we stopped by the fire dept. in Central to make sure and they were just heading out. As we sat in our cabin last night we could smell the fire, Scarey. Hope it can be contained soon. We appreciate all the people that go out there to do their best to get it put out. Tey are all our heros. Thank YOU.

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