Posted by Lori | Posted in Frickin Blog | Posted on 16-07-2010
I hung out with the Utah County Fire Chief for a few minutes and he let me take some video of the fire today. (Watch the video of a helicopter putting out the fire below.) He also gave me the following information:
- There are three helicopters working to put out the fire.
- The helicopters each carry a bucket with 500 gallons of water, which weighs 3500 pounds.
- They have a 30-man crew working the fire.
- They have been fighting the fire since early this afternoon, and expect to have it extinguished by tomorrow.
A resident of the neighborhood to the west (where the fire started) said that he saw a couple of boys shooting guns by the water tank and it was his belief that they started the fire. It was within minutes of him hearing gun shots that he first saw smoke. (BTW- the guy at the end of the video is my source.) When he mentioned this to the fire chief, the chief responded that they will find out who started the fire, and its point of origin. He also stated when they locate the fire-starters, those involved can be held responsible for the entire cost.
The resident said that they came really close to being evacuated. Livestock in the neighborhood was evacuated because the fire burned right up to the barns.
If you live close by, you may have heard some explosions. These were on Camp Williams property and were most likely ammunition on the ground that the fire ignited.
Watch the video of a helicopter fighting the fire.