Monday, a 3,500-acre wildfire in Herriman, Utah continued to burn and officials said that significant progress was made overnight and they expect to put the fire out Monday. 1,500 families were evacuated over the weekend and 4 home have been lost, but they expected to lose at least 25 homes overnight. No serious injuries have been reported, but two fire fighters suffered from smoke inhalation.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert held a press conference Monday morning to discuss the progress made overnight, and to say what a difference a few hours made since his 1 am update.
“We thought this morning we’d have a lot more damage than we’re finding today,” Herbert said.
“It’s just remarkable. In fact, it’s a miracle,” he said.
Governor Herbert spoke at the press conference along with Rep. Jason Chaffetz and state Rep. Carl Wimmer from Herriman. The group toured wildfire from the air early this morning before speaking.
150 firefighters from Unified Fire Authority and several other county fire departments helped in the effort, as well as 120 Utah National Guard members, and 100 police officers, and Chaffetz said that this is one of the best fire fighting groups in the country.
“From the federal side of it we have assets that are being brought to bear,” said Chaffetz. “This is going to be one of the most costly fires we’ve had, but the federal government is going to step up.”
Several school in Herriman are closed Monday, including: Herriman High, Fort Herriman Middle School, Herriman Elementary, Butterfield Canyon Elementary, Foothills Elementary, Silvercrest Elementary and Providence Charter School.
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Source: The Salt Lake Tribune and ABC 4
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