Fox Bay Fire Press Release #1

Fox Bay Fire Wasatch/Summit Counties
Jordanelle State Park, Utah
8:25 pm

On Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 2:41 p.m., the Wasatch County Dispatch Center received numerous reports of three small fires in the Jordanelle Basin.  Firefighters stationed at the Jordanelle Fire Station were on scene within two minutes of the call being received.

Due to high winds, the fire quickly engulfed 200 acres near the Deer Crest and Fox Bay home developments.  Firefighters from Wasatch and Park City Fire Districts (along with law enforcement and community action groups) have been deployed to the scene.  There is 5% containment of the fire at this time; high winds and change in wind direction have made containment efforts very difficult.

The Wasatch County Fire Chief has said that the mandatory evacuation for Fox Bay, Stillwater, and Jordanelle State Park visitors is still in effect.  There is no set time for their return.

The Fire Chief has determined that voluntary evacuations are in effect for Deer Crest and  St. Regis residents

Residents and state park visitors who have been displaced can relocate to either:

  1.  JR Smith Elementary School in Heber City, Utah, located 10 miles east of the incident on Highway 40. The address to the school is 500 North 235 East in Heber. Victims not unfamiliar with the area can turn east at the first traffic light at 500 North at the Smiths grocery store; or
  2. Deer Crest Residents and St. Regis occupants can evacuate to the Park City Municipal Athletic Recreation Center at 1200 Little Kate RD.  435-615-5401. Park City Public Information Officer will make thirty minute announcements about the progress of the  fire.

Fire updates are as follows:

There is currently 500 acres that have been burned at this time.  The cause is  undetermined at this time.   However, there were three separate starting points along the east side on SR 40.  Currently we have two helicopter units and four fixed wing air craft assisting with fire suppression.  There are Wasatch County, Forest Service, BLM, State Forestry, Summit County, Red Cross, Heber CERT, and multiple law enforcement agencies assisting with various parts of the fire suppression and evacuation services.

Questions concerning the fire evacuations should be directed to personnel assigned to JR Smith School 435-654-2201.

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