Fire officials: Lightning to blame for Francis Fire

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UPDATE 9/18: Officials reported the fire was 68 percent contained.

UPDATE 9/17 @ 6:30 p.m.: The fire did not grow over the last 12 hours. Crews report 20% containment.


UPDATE 9/17 @ 10:30 A.M.: The fire is actually 365 acres, instead of the estimated 550 acres. Fire officials say the fire is 10 percent contained.


UPDATE 9/17 @ 8:00 A.M.: Crews in Davis County are working to get a handle on the Francis Fire.

At last check, fire crews estimate 550 acres have burned.

Jess Clark with thhe U.S. Forrest Service says the fire was sparked by lightning last week.

“It smoldered for a week and with that strong wind [Monday] it caught it and caused it to take off to the south,” he said.

Evacuated residents reported seeing flames as high as 100 feet; all evacuation have since been lifted.


DAVIS COUNTY (ABC4 News) – Fire officials said residents evacuated due to a wildfire burning in Davis County may return to their homes.

The Francis Fire burned an estimated 100 to 200 acres and was “growing rapidly,” amid high winds, officials said Monday afternoon.

The fire sparked in the Kaysville/ Fruit Heights area and forced the evacuation of several neighborhoods in the area. The mandatory evacuation orders were lifted at 10 p.m., but officials urged residents to remain on alert.

The high winds that challenged fire crews in the afternoon could cause the fire to pick back up again in the middle of the night, officials warned.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire. Fire officials put out a call for any photos that captured it when it first began.

This is a developing story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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