State Route 199 reopens, Patch Springs Fire 25 percent contained

Posted at 1:18 PM, Aug 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-19 08:11:31-04

TOOELE COUNTY — The Patch Springs Fire is still burning actively on the east and north side of its containment in Tooele County, and State Route 199 has been reopened.

Officials said Sunday night S.R. 199 had been reopened and all Dugway Proving Ground personnel should report to to work at their regular time Monday.

Six buildings and a lodge in Terra were destroyed by the blaze that started Aug. 10 by a lightning strike. About 70 people were evacuated and have since been allowed back to their homes, said spokeswoman Teresa Rigby.

The fire has burned more than 31,000 acres and there is currently 25 percent containment. Rigby said the community of Big Hollow is currently a priority for fire crews.

There are about 10 homes in the area but no evacuations or concerns have arisen at this point, Rigby said.

“It’s a large fire — it’s going to take a while to get around it and secure it,” Rigby said.

There are currently hikers and hunters in the mountains for the archery hunt that started this weekend. Rigby said those individuals may not feel the threat for the blaze directly but are told to be careful.