BOUNTIFUL, Utah (ABC4 News) – A wildfire in Davis County that destroyed three homes was 10% contained as of Friday afternoon.
U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Kim Osborn said the Gun Range Fire, which was caused by a campfire, is estimated to have grown to about 365 acres.
Officials are looking for two people who were last seen camping on an access road in Bountiful who are believed to be responsible for the blaze.
The fire heavily damaged five more homes and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people in Centerville and Bountiful.
Occupants of more than 400 homes fled, but no injuries were reported, said Lt. Dave Edwards, with the police in the city of Bountiful.
Evacuation orders remain in place for about 240 homes.
The fire started about 1 a.m. during a thunderstorm. Strong winds blowing down from mountains helped spread the rapidly moving blaze into residential neighborhoods, said Paul Child, the police chief in the neighboring city of Centerville, where people were also evacuated but later allowed home.
Crews attacked the Gun Range Fire in Bountiful from the air and on the ground Friday.
“This morning we had one of or vlats, the very large tanker, and they’ve put several loads kind of built a box around the fire,” said Osborn. “It looks good up there.”
The flames have forced hundreds out of their homes.
Friday afternoon, Gov. Gary Herbert visited with fire evacuees at a Bountiful church. It’s been designated as an American Red Cross center.
“It’s unfortunate for those who have lost their home,” said Gov. Herbert. “Our heart goes out to them. It’s a devastating loss. You can’t imagine losing your home whether it’s one or a hundred.”
The church is the one center that is still open.
At the beginning of this fire, there were three centers that had more than 80 people go through them collectively.
Currently, there are about three families using the Bountiful church. They include evacuee Margarita Boggess, her boyfriend, and two young daughters.
“We’re hoping that it might just be smoke damage and there’s nothing fire related to our house,” said Boggess. “Otherwise, I don’t know after that. If there’s any fire damage or we can’t live in the house anymore we’re kind of screwed.”
When asked by ABC4 if she had a place to stay during the evacuation Boggess replied, “No, here. Otherwise, we’re in our car.”
The Red Cross said it does have people prepared to stay overnight at the church if need be, or they may give families vouchers for lodging if needed.
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