Where are wildfire evacuees? Mostly with family, friends and neighbors

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  • spark Saratoga Springs, UT
    Sept. 22, 2018 9:46 a.m.

    @eastcoastcoug
    Have you not read anything about this fire? About the planes involved and over a thousand firefighters? Maybe you are just trying to stir up controversy over a great response by those running the operations and the community.

    @neanderthal
    Many good reasons weee given for the evacuation. If it had been delayed, there would be an outcry of “why wasn’t this done sooner?”

    Why is this attempt at fault-finding being made in the response to these fires?

  • hbeckett Colfax, CA
    Sept. 21, 2018 11:55 a.m.

    this is what the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about we help each other all the time no matter what the situation is

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Sept. 21, 2018 11:24 a.m.

    The response of Utah officials to these fires is nothing less than pathetic and underwhelming. The fact that there are multiple fires burning so close to population centers, a nearby airport and highways with such weak response (where are the planes to drop chemicals on these fires?)

    Get ready, Utah: with the conditions, just imagine when there are fires in the Uintah's, farther away from major highways and airports.

    Having a 100K acre fire burn so long out of control right in Utah County, is inexcusable.

    And the D-News needs to be saying much, much more about the lack of response.

  • Neanderthal Springville, UT
    Sept. 21, 2018 10:25 a.m.

    Sorry to say, but the evacuation was overdone. No need for people to leave their homes under the condition as it existed. The fire crept so slowly that any evacuating could have been done as any flames moved closer. And the fire was not even on the down-slopes toward the communities (Elk Ridge/Woodland Hills) when the evacuation took place. Further, the communities have fire-trucks (and fire hydrants) that could have been used to put out any threatening flames approaching the edge of the communities near the hills.

    Further, why didn't the responsible agencies (federal and state) put out the fire when it was just a single tree aflame from an apparent lightning strike? Tsk, tsk.

  • Yorkshire Logan, UT
    Sept. 21, 2018 9:27 a.m.

    Not currently living in Utah, have worried about extended family who live there in the event that the dreaded 'Wasatch Fault Earthquake' should ever actually happen.

    Is good to see that what you would expect to happen in Utah in a crisis actually did happen in these fires--people generously stepping up and everyone feeling cared for.

    Makes thinking of the possible earthquake easier to bear.

    Thanks Utah.

  • Old Cougar Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 21, 2018 8:25 a.m.

    Thanks to all those who render assistance during times such as we are experiencing; however, I couldn't resist the following:

    "Oh, beautiful for hazy skies, For burning waves of grain, For ashen mountain majesties, Above the sub-divided plain...."

    (Apology to Katharine Bates.)

  • tsobserver Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 21, 2018 8:00 a.m.

    This is just another reason we don't mind when people call this place Happy Valley.

  • JamesD Salem, UT
    Sept. 20, 2018 11:19 p.m.

    I love the Salem area/people. People always ask me why I live so far from work. I can just refer them to this story.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Sept. 20, 2018 8:39 p.m.

    I am grateful for the existence of and good work done in so many cases by the Red Cross.

    I am gratified that in this case, here, their services are not needed as family, friends, and neighbors provide individual assistance.

    This is a wonderful place to live with a beautiful culture.

  • Boyd in Provo , 00
    Sept. 20, 2018 6:51 p.m.

    The response of the neighbor's, friends and strangers of opening their homes to all those displaced by these two very large fires is so heartwarming. If any of us have ever wondered how our lives will turn out in an unexpected emergency in this area where we live we can look to the examples that have been set before us by these wonderful individuals to helping others and we can rest easier. We won't have to do it alone. What a great group of families opening their hearts and their homes. We should be very proud of them. I know I am.