Multiple Homes Destroyed, Hundreds Evacuated in Utah Fire

More than 400 people were affected by evacuation orders, which were issued in response to the blaze seen burning in Bountiful and Centerville.

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Multiple homes have been affected, with hundreds evacuated, in a Utah blaze now being called the Gun Range Fire. 

Taken at 0418 this morning east of north Bountiful/south Centerville

— Centerville Police Dept (@cpdutah) August 30, 2019

As of early Friday morning, perABC4, three homes had been destroyed and more than 150 acres were burned in the fire spotted in social media posts in the Bountiful and Centerville regions. At least eight more homes have also been affected, though they haven't been deemed "total losses" like the three confirmed as destroyed. Evacuation orders were put in place for over 400 people whose homes fall between east of 900 East and north of 400 North.

One possible cause that will be investigated, according to reporter Shara Park, is lightning. Reporters and other local leaders have also cautioned against misinformation spurred by the fire's nickname, noting that the nearby gun range had not been deemed a cause. Instead, the Gun Range Fire had simply been named as such following regional precedent.

Evacuation area of the #GunRangeFire:

— Utah Fire Info (@UtahWildfire) August 30, 2019

As it stands now, there have been no reported injuries. A Friday morning press conference, per FOX13, saw local fire officials confirming that potential for structural damage had now "been diminished," though evacuations remained in effect at the time, pending further reassessment.

We will reevaluate the evacuation order at 9:00 a.m. We are hoping the weather and wind will cooperate to make it safe to go home.

— Bountiful City (@BountifulCityUT) August 30, 2019

A cause for the blaze has not been determined by officials. In a statement early Friday, Centerville Police thanked residents for bringing food and other donations to crews. "We are no longer in need of anymore donations at this time," a department rep said.

NEW: #GunRangeFire has burned 3 homes, grown to 150 acres, and is 0% contained 🔥 No school closures, so far. The name of the fire is based on location, NOT cause. There is a gun range nearby (1600 E 900 N) #2NewsAM

— Morgan Saxton (@MorganSaxtonTV) August 30, 2019

This is video as we left the house at 1:12am. So glad we were still awake and got out fast. No clue if our house is okay or gone. #GunRangeFire

— Rod Santiano (@rodsantiano) August 30, 2019

Here are some images of the devastating #GunRangeFire that has destroyed at least three homes so far and forced hundreds of others to evacuate. (Photo: Quincy Boardman)

— KSL 5 TV (@KSL5TV) August 30, 2019

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