UPDATE: (7/4/2019) – A 20-year old woman was arrested and charged with reckless burn for allegedly starting a large field fire near the Point of the Mountain in Draper on Tuesday.
According to court documents, Crystal Lebaron was charged with one count class A misdemeanor reckless burn after police discovered she had told others she started a fire.
A neighbor said the young woman said she made a little fire and the wind blew it into the gully. She then grabbed a broom and tried to put it out.
When officers arrived, they witnessed the woman carrying a bucket of water in an attempt to douse the fire.
Police said during the fire, three homes were evacuated.
DRAPER, Utah (ABC4 News)- Fire crews responded to a brush fire in Draper near the Point of the Mountain Tuesday.
The fire was first reported around 1:45 p.m. near 9 East Manila Circle, near the Draper Flight Park.
Homeowner Mark Bramwell captured the flames on his cell phone, even as he used a hose to keep the fire at bay.
“It was alive, it was ravenous, it was almost sentient, it was feeding on the hill — it was amazing,” said Bramwell.
“It could have cost lives, property, and it just could have been ugly,” added Bramwell.
Crews worked quickly to push the fire back and protect homes in the area.
Fire Chief Clint Smith said they are estimating about 2-3 acres were burned.
The cause of the fire has not been released, but with the 4th of July a few days away Chief Smith wanted to remind the public to be safe with fireworks.
“This should be a good reminder that just because we had a wet spring doesn’t mean we don’t have a current threat,” Chief Smith said.