Several Sandy homes were threatened "within feet" by a fire reported to have been started by fireworks Saturday.
The fire broke out shortly after 4 p.m. near 8770 S. Alta Hills Drive (3160 East), said Salt Lake County Fire Capt. Bill Brass. It quickly spread southward into a gully, Brass said. Then the fire split in two, with another fire igniting near 3200 E. 9000 South.The fires threatened several structures, including private homes and garages. In some areas, Brass said, the fire came within feet of residences.
"We had to cut a couple of chain link fences to get to the houses, but with the fire so close, we figured the fence could be fixed later," Brass said.
Brass estimated the two fires burned well over 5 acres, fueled by heat-dried vegetation and gusty winds. The cause of the fires is still under investigation, although Brass said it was likely sparked by fireworks.
The 44-person firefighting crew, from Salt Lake County and Sandy City departments, along with a special wildland crew, had the two fires contained within an hour. There were no losses, which Brass credited to the efficient teamwork of crew members.