NewsLocal News


North Eden Fire burning 13,763 acres; blaze 90 percent contained

Posted at 4:22 PM, Aug 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 18:22:56-04

UPDATE: Fire officials said Monday evening that the North Eden Fire is 90 percent contained.

Previous story continues below:

RICH COUNTY, Utah — A new wildfire was reported in Utah Thursday afternoon.

It is the North Eden Fire and is burning in Rich County, east of Bear Lake, south of the Utah-Idaho border and west of the Utah-Wyoming border.

The fire was first reported by Utah Fire Info at 3:45 p.m. and had burned 1,400 acres and was 10 percent contained by 7:00 p.m.

Two fire vehicles fighting the fire were destroyed by wind-driven flames.

According to Utah Fire Info, a heavy engine from the Woodruff Fire Department and a light engine from the State Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands were burned.

As they responded to the fire’s west flank, one engine experienced a mechanical problem and as both crews tried to make the vehicle mobile again, flames quickly moved toward the scene cutting off their escape route. The group of three firefighters was forced to leave the vehicles and escape to safety.

The cause of the fire has not been determined and there have been no injuries reported.

North Eden Fire burning east of Bear Lake in Rich County.