As of noon on Friday a wildfire South of Salt Lake City has burned over 700 acres with no signs of containment soon. The fire began due to careless target shooting Thursday evening. It is also the 20th fire started in Utah this year due to careless shooting. Currently about 20 percent of the blaze is contained. Weather is a huge factor with fire with winds out of the South at 20 MPH and gusting higher. The winds are pushing the fire to even more fuel that is tinder dry today with temperatures in the 90′s and less than 10 percent humidity.
In addition to the over 250 homes that have been evacuated, the Dyno Nobel Explosives manufacturing plant has been fully evacuated as well. Dyno Nobel provides industrial grade explosives to mining companies, seismic operations and to ski resort Avalanche Control Programs.
I’ve heard reports of ash falling like snow in some areas. Also from the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resorts webcams smoke can be seen near the mouth of the canyon. At this point the fire posses no risk to LCC or Snowbird.