Rockport 5 Fire burns nearly 2,000 acres, 90 percent contained

Posted at 3:03 PM, Aug 13, 2013

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — Rockport area residents should be able to return to their homes Monday as crews continue to battle the Rockport 5 Wildfire.

According to a press release, there has been no increase in the size of the blaze. As of Monday morning it has burned 1,920 acres and is 90 percent contained.

The Rockport 5 Wildfire was caused by lightening on August 13. Since it started, it has destroyed about 8 homes, 20 outbuildings and several vehicles.

The blaze forced evacuations of more than 200 homes in Rockport Estates, Rockport Ranches and Promontory areas. The evacuation order has been lifted for the Promontory area. The evacuation order for Rockport Estates and Rockport Ranches will be lifted around 8 a.m. Monday, according to a press release.

Volunteer firefighter Dave Miller has been fighting the blaze since it began, and he said he has a personal stake in the fight.

“I actually live here in Rockport Estates,” he said. “My house, it came right up… the fire came right up to it.”

Ken Smith, North Summit Fire District chief, said the winds have made their work difficult.

“The winds have been absolutely unpredictable during this entire fire,” he said. “We’ve had sometimes calm winds, and then ten minutes later, we’ve got winds fanning fires. We think we’re ahead of the game, and then the wind’ll kick up and all of the sudden we’ve got blow ups everywhere.”

State fire officials were joined by firefighters from Park City, North Summit and South Summit in fighting the fire.

A DC-10 aircraft was deployed to drop retardant on the blaze.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved a fire management assistance grant to help fund the firefighting efforts.