Parleys Canyon Hearth Evacuates 1000’s in Summit County

Up to 8,000 houses are threatened as the fire remains unchecked into the night

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Pilots make drops while the Parleys Canyon Fire burns on Saturday, August 14, 2021.

A fast moving flame started from Interstate 80 in Parleys Canyon has forced evacuation of the Summit Park, Pinebrook, Lambs Canyon and Upper Mill Creek Canyon areas. At least 6-8,000 homes are threatened by the Parleys Canyon Fire, which covers over 2,000 acres and continues to grow in the mountains between Salt Lake and Summit Counties.

At 8 p.m., a tweet from the Region 8 Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal funding had been approved to help with fire-fighting costs for the Parleys Canyon Fire, which at the time of the inquiry “threatened between six and eight thousand homes and” threatened approximately 10,000 people must be evacuated ”and had burned more than 2,500 hectares since it started this afternoon.

Wildfire progress has “slowed”, according to Jennifer Hansen of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. There was still no containment at 9 p.m., she said, and a more accurate GPS area of ​​the fire is expected tomorrow.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Crews will fight the fire in Parleys Canyon on Saturday, August 14, 2021.

Summit County’s Sheriff Justin Martinez pleaded with residents to leave the area as soon as possible. “To those residents who refuse to evacuate because of the #ParleysCanyonFire – you are hampering efforts and putting first responders at risk. PLEASE evacuate immediately! ”Martinez said on Twitter. Housing was set up at Park City High School for the evacuees from Summit Park.

Authorities sent an emergency alert telling Lambs Canyon residents to “go now”, take only essential items, and make sure their windows and doors are closed. They also asked residents to try to minimize phone usage so that the network could be used for emergencies.

South of the fire, Upper Mill Creek Canyon will be closed to the winter gate and evacuated to protect hikers.

According to Utah Fire Info, the fire began around 2:00 p.m. and “multiple ground and air resources are responding,” while the cause of the fire was related to a faulty catalytic converter driving up the canyon, according to Utah Fire Info. Smoke from the fire can be seen from Salt Lake City as the fire continues to spread “extremely quickly”.

I-80 was temporarily closed but is now open in both directions, according to the Utah Fire Info. An Indigo Girls concert at Deer Valley Resort has been canceled due to the fire and impact on Park City emergency services. A power outage resulted in a temporary blackout of approximately 2,461 Rocky Mountain Power customers due to fire and smoke, according to a tweet by the company, but power was restored.

The Northern Utah Type 2 team was assigned to fight the fire and the response included two very large airtankers, four large airtankers, six single engine airtankers, two helicopters and air strikes, and “numerous local, state and federal” aircraft Soil resources. “

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rescue workers respond to the fire in Parleys Canyon on Saturday, August 14, 2021.

The Utah Fire Info website was down for a few hours this afternoon, which Kayli Yardley of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands suspected was that the website was overloaded to get more information about the fire but is now back online is .

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Parleys Canyon Fire burns, as seen from Emigration Canyon on Saturday, August 14, 2021.

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