UTAH COUNTY (ABC4 News) – Crews are currently battling a wildfire on the west side of West Mountain.
State officials say the fire, dubbed the Goose Point Fire, is burning Bureau of Land Management land in the Lincoln Beach area.
A road is the only thing that protects Britton Ercanbrack’s orchard from the Goose Point Fire.
“It’s kind of sad no one wants to look out their windows and see black and flames,” Ercanbrack said. “We farm mostly cherries and peaches”.
The U.S. Forrest Service says, equipment caused the fire, but wasn’t able to elaborate.
As of Friday evening, the fire has burned nearly 9,000 acres and 90 percent contained.
“The concern is getting the fire contained and controlled and making sure the houses at the bottom are safe,” Dana Harris with the U.S Forrest Service said.
Ercanbrack says wildfires are common in this part of Utah and that he wasn’t concerned because his orchard’s irrigation system was an added later of security.
“It was 1999, it burned the whole mountain again, it is a very dry mountain, there is not a lot of vegetation other than grass,” Ercanbrack said.
Which is a concern for crews on the front line.
“There will be some flame and smoke…there are pockets of juniper that will still continue to burn especially as the sun gets on it,” Harris said.
Residents who live near the fire say they’re grateful crews were able to get the fire under control and are relieved no one was evacuated.
The fire prompted the response from multiple agencies including Payson Fire Rescue. Payson firefighters worked to protect the Brigham Young University observatory on West Mountain.
The BLM issued a fire prevention order Thursday restricting access to BLM lands near the Goose Point Fire.
That means no target shooting, camping, and unnecessary traffic in the area including the areas: south of Lincoln Beach Road, West of 5600 West, North of Highway 141, and East of the North Lake Road, all in Utah County.
This is a developing story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
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