Hot, dry conditions prompt heightened response to SLC brush fire

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Firefighters have contained a fire which burned about five acres near the Utah State Capitol Friday. Investigators are still trying to figure out how this blaze started.

The brush fire started east of Warm Spring Park near the intersection of Victory Road and Beck Street. Victory Road and Wall Street were shut down Friday evening as crews responded to the fire.

Fire officials said due to the hot, dry conditions, the fire was upgraded to a four-alarm response. 

A video, taken by a neighbor before crews arrived on the scene, shows flames on the hillside. One of the things that slowed the fire was that it is believed to have started at the top of the hill and moved down.

At that time residents were shocked the flames were coming so close.

“Something like this to be this close to residents and to where I live. The substation to the power station. I worried if it got too close to the substation we would lose power,” said Joel Groat, neighbor.

The two homes that were in the path of the fire were vacant, and residents in nearby apartments which were evacuated have since been let back.

Firefighters said this is a good reminder of just how dry the conditions are and how fast a wildfire can move through an area.

“As it gets hotter outside, the threat of wildfires grows. #SLC is at extreme risk for an urban interface wildfire like this one. Please be extraordinarily cautious with flammable material,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski in a tweet Friday evening.

Residents can get tips on how to make defensible space through Firewise.

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