The Dollar Ridge Fire, which began July 1 in Wasatch County near the Strawberry Reservoir, crossed US 40 over the weekend and headed back into Wasatch County for a time.
As of press time yesterday, the blaze was at 52,068 acres and is 45% contained. According to fire authorities, cloud cover and wetting rains in and around most the fire area decreased fire activity and provided firefighters an opportunity to conduct direct suppression tactics. Some areas measured up to a half inch of rain.
Personnel currently fighting fire: 7 Type 1 crews, 15 Type 2 crews, 45 engines, 9 helicopters, 9 dozers, with 893 total personnel on the blaze.
A report on the fire said, “Containment efforts focused on the southwest flank of the fire, near Strawberry Reservoir, and along the northern flank where the fire crossed Highway 40. A dozer line was completed on the northwestern flank which helped to strengthen the containment line in that area. Firefighters that were flown into the southern flank yesterday morning, were able to begin containment lines in that section of the fire. Structure assessments continued in areas of the incident where it was safe to do so. Air resources were grounded for most of the day due to the weather conditions.”
Many area businesses and groups have been conducting food and supply drives for the evacuees. Groups included Smith’s Food, Lee’s Marketplace, and the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce. Area kennels and the Heber Valley Animal Services and Paws for Life have also been making room and placing animals from the Duchesne County area in foster homes, as well as gathering food and bedding for the animals. See additional stories on pages A3 and B6.
An Evacuation Center was set up following the fire at Duchesne High School over the weekend. However, due to a majority of the evacuees being allowed to return to their homes, the evacuation center established by the Red Cross at has been closed.