SPRING CANYON FIRE

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Rod Ol­droyd

The fire in Springville was started in the early morn­ing hours of Satur­day, July 26. The name given this fire was the Spring Canyon Fire. The fire is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion but was most likely caused by teenagers and sparklers in the Spring Creek area of the city. This is an area that is dense with dry grasses, brush and oak trees. A Springville City Po­lice Of­fi­cer re­sponded to the scene quickly, ran up the trail with two fire ex­tin­guish­ers but the fire could not be brought un­der con­trol. The Springville Fire De­part­ment needs to be com­mended on the job they did sav­ing as they saved struc­tures from be­ing dam­aged. Sev­eral fire­fight­ers as­sisted in haul­ing fire hose 1200 feet up the steep moun­tain ter­rain.

Due to the steep ter­rain and ac­ces­si­bil­ity air sup­port was heav­ily used. For­est Ser­vice Air Sup­port were on scene at ap­prox­i­mately 9:45 am. with 2 Air Tankers, 4 Sin­gle En­gine Air Tankers, 3 He­li­copters and 2 Fire en­gines. As of Mon­day (28th) the fire had burned an es­ti­mated 140 acres. He­li­copters filled their tanks and boom with a tem­po­rary wa­ter source at the Springville High School where hun­dreds of spec­ta­tors watched all dur­ing the en­tire day on Satur­day. On Sun­day (27th) that tem­po­rary wa­ter source was moved fur­ther up the canyon. Over 70,000 gal­lons of wa­ter and re­tar­dant was dropped on the fire on Satur­day. Five For­est Ser­vice Hand Crews along with one In­ter­a­gency Hot Shot Crew worked to con­tain the fire. Most of the fire crews moved out of the area on Tues­day (29th). Crews were aided by equip­ment and per­son­nel from Span­ish Fork, Salem, Maple­ton, and Utah County Fire De­part­ments.

The base camp was set up at Springville High School. Fire­fight­ers were able to shower at the Springville Com­mu­nity Pool fa­cil­ity and eat and sleep on the park and in the school. The com­mand cen­ter was set up in the G wing at the Springville High School. We con­tinue to thank all Fire­fight­ers, the Springville Po­lice De­part­ment, Red Cross, Scott John­son and the Nebo School District, all Springville City Officials and City De­part­ments as well as all oth­ers who as­sisted and pro­vided ser­vice dur­ing this sit­u­a­tion.

Steve Gray

A he­li­copter and crews work to dowse the Spring Canyon Fire on Satur­day, July 26.

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