Crews respond to wildfires Saturday after planned burns get out of control

Posted at 4:37 PM, Mar 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-15 21:00:36-04

NORTHERN UTAH – A fire scorched between 75 and 100 acres in Tooele County Saturday when a man was burning debris and the wind caught and spread the flames, and about 14 acres were burned in Summit County when an agricultural fire got out of control.

Tom Wilson, Tooele County Fire Warden, said crews were called to the Vernon area around 3 p.m. Saturday and it took about three hours to get the fire under control.

The blaze, which burned an estimated 75-100 acres, was started when a man was burning debris and the wind picked up and spread the fire. Wilson said this is the second wildfire to occur in Tooele County this year, as a fire in Black Canyon in February burned about 149 acres.

Another planned burn got out of control and sparked a wildfire Saturday, though the incident near Coalville was much smaller. According to a press release from the North Summit Fire District, about 14 acres were burned after an agricultural burn got out of control.

The fire near Coalville was reported just before 2 p.m. and was under control by about 6:30 p.m.