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Lower winds and increased relative humidity expected to assist efforts
Summit County, UT (July 31, 2018) — Following a night of little fire activity and no recorded fire growth, the Summit County Fire Warden and a 25-member crew will continue work on Tuesday to contain the Tollgate Canyon Fire. As of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, the fire is at 10 percent containment and has burned 287 acres.
Firefighting efforts today will focus on securing the northeastern corner of the fire as well as mopping up areas along I-80 where debris fell along the shoulder of the road. Air support will be on call. Tollgate residents are asked to avoid Forest Meadow Road and to drive slowly for their safety and the safety of firefighters in the area.
The Tollgate Canyon Fire started just before 2 p.m. on Monday, July 30. The Summit County Fire Warden, Park City Fire District and North and South Summit Fire Districts were among the first agencies to respond to the brushfire, along with Summit County Public Works, Northern Utah Fire and the Forest Service. With the help of air support, fire crews worked into the evening and were able to protect a shed and cell tower in the area of the fire.
No homes were threatened by the fire, although four residencies were evacuated along Forest Meadow Road and High West Distillery in Wanship was evacuated as a precaution. Tollgate residents were allowed to return to their properties yesterday evening. Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Summit County Search and Rescue were on scene if additional evacuations had been ordered.
The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.
About Summit County:Located in the northeast corner of Utah along the Wasatch Back, Summit County is home to more than 41,000 residents. Created in 1854, Summit County was named for the summits of the mountains, including 39 of the highest mountain peaks in Utah. Six municipalities make up Summit County, including Coalville, Francis, Henefer, Kamas, Oakley and Park City. The county seat is quiet, scenic Coalville, located on the I-80 corridor. For more information visit www.summitcounty.org.
Media Contact:Krachel MurdockCommunity and Public Affairs(435) 336-3044