RICH COUNTY (News4Utah) – UPDATE 08/20/18: Fire officials said the North Eden Fire was 90 percent contained Monday at just under 14,000 acres.
Crews continue to battle the fire burning in northeast Utah. Firefighters from Rich County, Woodruff, Garden City, State of Utah and US Forest Service have all responded.
The fire that sparked east of Bear Lake has grown to 14,000 acres of state and private land in Utah and Bureau of Land Management land in Wyoming and Idaho. At last estimate, the fire was about 6 miles from Cokeville, Wyo.
Fire officials said two fire engines were destroyed by wind-driven flames of the North Eden Fire Thursday.
A heavy engine from Woodruff Fire Department and a light engine from the State Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands responded to the fire. One engine experienced a mechanical problem and as both crews tried to make the vehicle mobile again, flames quickly moved toward the scene cutting off their escape route. The group of three firefighters was forced to leave the vehicles and escape.
Fire managers from Federal, State and Local agencies in all three states are coordinating the suppression effort.
There are a number of ranching operations and structures that are threatened. Fire managers are advising those near the fire area to be prepared in case a call to evacuate is made. No structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported.
This is a developing story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.