HERRIMAN, Utah (News4Utah) – Unified Fire Authority responded to a “significant” field fire that forced evacuations in Herriman Wednesday afternoon.
Firefighters were dispatched to Rose Canyon around 2:45 p.m. When they arrived, they found a fire about three acres in size. Thursday morning the fire has grown to 67 acres.
Officials said the fire started between two houses, but thankfully began to burn away from homes. Fire crews stood by homes that were threatened, ready to protect them if the flames approached.
It was later determined a resident digging with a backhoe accidentally hit a power box and sparked the fire.
About 20 homes in the area were evacuated.
Rose Canyon Road was shut down west of 7500 West.
Due to the firefighting efforts, students that attend Butterfield Canyon Elementary that live in High Country 2 and ride bus 1491 were kept at the school until their parents or emergency contact picked them up.
The Cove Pond located at Rose Canyon Raod and Spring Canyon Drive was closed to the public, so crews could perform “water dips.”
Herriman City lifted the evacuation order at 9 p.m. Fire crews say they expect full containment by 8 p.m. Thursday night.