Springville Police Department
110 South Main Street
Springville, UT 84663
Tel 801 489-9421
Emergency Dial 911
~Fire Started by Fireworks~
Springville Department of Public Safety
Fire crews from five agencies responded to a fire on the east bench area of Springville during the early morning hours. Springville, Utah County, Mapleton, Spanish Fork and Salem fire fighters were called at about 2:20 this morning to a blaze burning at the east end of 400 South. According to Police, at least two teenagers were playing with fireworks just east of the city limits, when sparks ignited the tinder-dry grass nearby. The teens reportedly called for help, but the extreme fire conditions caused the blaze to spread quickly.
Here is a short series of video clips from the scene:
(There are also photographs below.)
Firefighters responded along the east edge of the City and set up a defensive line to protect the homes in the immediate area. Several residents were evacuated as a precaution, while others were put on notice to be ready to leave if winds shifted and pushed the fire toward their homes.(At least ten homes were evacuated, with another forty homes being put on ‘stand-by’.) Police officers blocked access to the area, while EMS (medical) personnel stood by in case of injury. Those evacuated were sent to a local LDS church building until they were given the all clear to return home.
According to Springville’s Fire Chief, the fire was burning toward homes in the “Spring Canyon” area, but firefighters were able to stop the advancing flames with no loss of property. Winds then shifted the fire away from those homes. The fire is currently about 1500 yards from the nearest structure, and is moving toward the Hobble Creek Canyon area.
By ten in the morning, air support had arrived. Two SEAT aircraft, with a capacity of about 800 gallons of water each, began dropping water on the fire. They were joined by a “Type 3″ helicopter that carries a 125 gallon “bucket”, a KMAX helicopter, with a 700 gallon capacity, and a large “Sky Crane” helicopter. The Sky Crane has a tank capacity of 2,650 gallons.
Two heavy air tankers (a C130 and a P2V Neptune) joined the fight as the day went on, first dropping water, then later dropping fire retardant. These tankers carry between 2,000 and 3,000 gallons of water or retardant each.
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