Calm winds help fire officials in Utah
August 15, 2013 2:54PM
Updated: August 15, 2013 6:11PM
WANSHIP, Utah (AP) — Fire officials say they are starting to get the upper hand on a blaze that has burned 14 houses near a Utah ski resort town, but the evacuation of nearly 300 homes will remain for at least one more night.
Utah fire official Steve Rutter said during a Thursday news conference that Thursday’s calm winds helped crews prevent the fire from spreading or burning any more homes.
But Rutter says the smoldering fire and hot, dry conditions make it too dangerous still to allow residents back in their homes. The homeowners have been displaced since Tuesday afternoon from their upscale mountainside homes northeast of Park City, Utah.
It is also dangerous because many of the homes have large propane tanks that are leaking because the valves were burned.
The fire remains nearly 2,000 acres. It is 25 percent contained.