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Fire in Rose Canyon fifty percent contained, voluntary evacuations lifted and roads are all back open

Posted at 4:04 PM, Aug 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-19 00:01:27-04

ROSE CANYON, Utah -- A wildfire burning in Rose Canyon Saturday night was declared 50 percent contained around 8:30 p.m.

All voluntary evacuations were lifted and roads that had been closed were reopened at that time.

A spokesman for Unified Fire Authority said containment is expected by 10 p.m.

An overnight fire watch will take place, but the potential of the fire spreading is low.

No homes were burned  and crews had the outer boundary of the fire fully contained, easing fears of many who live a stone's throw away from the fire.

"These guys do an awesome job with what they do," Herriman resident Michael Holtby said.

The fire began just after 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon in the area of 8000 West Step Mountain Road (16250South).

At that time, there was a concern the fire might threaten nearby homes.

"There is a fire in Rose Canyon right now, we're calling it the High Country 2 Fire," Unified Fire Department Firefighter and PIO Ryan Love said. "There are voluntary evacuations that are taking place right now as well. There is a gate at 14101 Shaggy Mountain Road  and everything south and west of that gate we have a voluntary evacuation taking place."

A total of 432 homes have been notified and evacuees can go to Butterfield Canyon Elementary located at 6860 Mary Leizan Lane in Herriman.

14 units were on scene and two type-3 helicopters dropped water on the fire.

The UFA spokesman says lightning potentially sparked the fire and had burned 5-7 acres of grass and juniper.

The fire is burning on the ridge top, and Love says the fire would have to burn down hill to threaten homes.  He said he feels like firefighters have a good handle on the fire, but winds can come up and conditions can be erratic in the canyon.

Fire burning near Shaggy Mountain Road forcing evacuations.