UPDATE: Gun Range Fire is 100% contained.
BOUNTIFUL (ABC4 News)- Firefighters worked to rehabilitate firelines of the Gun Range fire on Sunday to prevent erosion.
The fire sparked just after midnight Friday morning on the Salt Lake Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch Cache Forest, which is just east of Bountiful.
On Sunday, officials released updated numbers. The fire is 80 percent contained and has already burned 321 acres. The acres burned is slightly lower than previously reported because officials say they now have a more accurate assessment.
Officials believe the fire was ignited when a campfire was left abandoned and are working to find those responsible.
“The fire was reported after midnight, but the individuals were seen earlier that evening around 9 p.m. sitting around the campfire at the location where the fire started,” said Dana Harris, Public Information Officer for the Gun Range Fire.
Officials didn’t offer much of a description, but said they are looking for two people in a small SUV.
However, the cause is still under investigation.
Crews will continue to work on extinguishing hotspots near the containment lines. ABC4 witnessed crews performing what’s called “cold trailing,” a term which means feeling with their bare hands for hotspots. A red flag warning has been issued to allow firefighters to ensure the lines will hold, and a team will assess the affected area this week to find out if further measures need to be taken.
Fire officials lifted the evacuation orders for the fire at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, allowing residents back into their homes.
As far as resources, there are still two hand crews, two engines and a total of 125 firefighters working to fully contain the fire. Officials say residents can expect to see smoke in the interior of the fire this upcoming week.
Bountiful police say the North Firebreak Road is closed on national Forest lands spanning from Bountiful B north to Rick’s Creek. Ward Canyon Road is closed from the forest boundary to the intersection of Skyline Drive and Sessions Mountain Road. the road closures, issued by the forest service, are expected to be lifted on 8 p.m. Sunday. Tolman Park is closed until Monday morning.
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