Despite fire and rain, one Utah couple ties the knot
Sprouse and Mann were originally supposed to be married in a large house overlooking Rockport Reservoir before the Rockport Fire and evacuations changed those plans.
Then they were going to be married in the campground at Rockport Reservoir. An hour before the wedding, the happy couple continued to look on the bright side.
"Out of the ashes comes the Phoenix, I guess, and we're going to just keep it going and make the most of it," Mann said as it started to rain. "Given the situation, to us, rain is a great thing.
Sprouse wore her teal cowgirl boots and wedding dress with a matching teal sash.
"As long as we have each other and everyone is safe," Mann said. "The elements just are as they are. And that's nature and it goes on, and we're going to make the most of it, and it's going to be amazing."
But the couple got more of the elements than they anticipated just an hour later, as heavy rain and wind made it impossible to be married outdoors. Plus, wedding guests were delayed by the Black Hawk helicopters fighting the fire.
The wedding was moved for a second time, this time to the Old Church, a 100-plus-year-old structure at the base of the Rockport Dam. This time, the marriage was completed.
The Rockport Fire was started by a lightning strike on Aug. 13.
In Tooele County, the 31,000 Patch Springs Fire, also started by lightning on Aug. 10, increased to 25 percent contained. The number of trailers burned was revised to 6. In addition, the Willow Springs Lodge, a 100 year old building was destroyed by the fire.
The evacuation orders for approximately 70 residents of Willow Springs and Terra were lifted Friday night. Power was restored to Terra and Dugway Proving Ground on Saturday night.
"Things looked really good today, overall. Even into the red flag conditions," said fire spokeswoman Teresa Rigby.
State Route 199 remained closed as additional storms with lightning moved through the area Saturday, hampering firefighting efforts. Firefighters had to be moved to safety as the lightning-filled storm passed over, which also created several additional smaller fires. The storm produced little rain, Rigby said. But the cloud cover came as a relief and crews were "still able to get progress made."
At least three firefighters have been treated for dehydration since the fire started, according to officials. Additional fire crews were expected to arrive Sunday to help.
Rigby cautioned those participating in the archery hunt they may experience more smoke in the area and asked that they be extremely cautious with campfires, avoiding them if possible.
Up north, the Millville Fire that started Aug. 11 by lightning, had burned more than 2,800 acres and grew to 35 percent containment by Saturday night. Evacuation orders for residences and campgrounds in Blacksmith Fork Canyon remained in effect Saturday. Subdivisions at the mouth of the canyon have not been evacuated.
Firefighters say extreme fire conditions and rugged terrain have made it a difficult wildfire to fight. Ground crews have been building fire lines while helicopters continued to make bucket drops on hot spots.
Near Eureka, the 1,600-acre 222 Fire was 5 percent contained. That fire was also sparked by lightning. There were no evacuations in place, but those participating in archery hunting season were encouraged to stay west of Cherry Creek Road.
Fire also continued to rage Saturday in the Sun Valley and Ketchum regions of Idaho.
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