Wasatch County, UT | Duchesne County, UT. – The Dollar Ridge Fire started on July 1 in Wasatch County, UT., and within 10 hours of discovery, exploded to 7000 acres and spread into Duchesne County. The blaze is now estimated at 42,000 acres, and only 4 percent containment.
Approximately 200-300 homes have been evacuated to Red Cross centers. Additional structures have been lost, with many more threatened, although an accurate count still has not been established as the area is deemed too dangerous to do a proper damage assessment. Duchesne County Sheriff David L. Boren also ordered two more mandatory evacuations for threatened neighborhoods south of the Highway 40 corridor in Fruitland to Starvation Reservoir area.
Evacuated animals are being accepted at the Duchesne County Fairgrounds, where the fairgrounds livestock area has now become home to over a dozen horses and 30-40 dogs and cats with room for more as needed during this emergency.
A Temporary Flight Restriction has been put in place for a 12 square mile area over the fire up to an altitude of 12,500 feet. No civil aviation or hobby aircraft such as drones are allowed in the restricted air space.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert visited the Incident Command Post on July 3rd for a briefing and was given an aerial tour of the fire area.
Fire suppression operations on July 4th included expanding and improving on firelines, aerial fire support in the form of helicopters and water scooper planes, and Single Engine Air Tankers making fire retardant drops.
Due to the fire’s growth, Tony DeMasters Type 1 Great Basin Incident Management Team has arrived to take over management of the fire on Thursday morning.