The small community of Eden has pitched in and donated food and prepared it for 140 firefighters battling a 13-day-old, 2,400-acre blaze that once threatened the town, officials say.
"It's great," Craig Pettigrew, fire incident commander from the Utah Interagency Fire Center, said Tuesday. "Individuals have purchased the food and cooked it up and did not charge for it. It's been total volunteerism."Pettigrew said he has never seen anything like it in his 14 years of fire fighting.
"It was started by two gals from the (LDS Church) Relief Society," he said, and then others joined in.
The blaze is burning near Powder Mountain Ski Resort.
The fire ignited Aug. 20 by sparks from a bulldozer. It was controlled Aug. 30,but the next night, winds picked up and spread the flames.
For awhile, crews feared the fire, about 1 a mile west of town, might spread into Eden. But the winds shifted Sept. 2 and blew it away from the community.
Food for the firefighters has been donated since Sept. 1 by local grocery stores, McDonald's, a Catholic monastery and individuals, Pettigrew said.