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Rain helps slow growth of Davis County wildfire

Posted at 3:43 PM, Sep 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-11 00:12:50-04

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah — A new wildfire burning in Davis County near Farmington and Kaysville Friday temporarily caused thousands of residents to lose power.

The lightning-caused fire, which officials have named the Legacy Fire, is located west of Interstate 15 and east of Antelope Island. At the latest estimate, it was burning up to 300 acres.

Rocky Mountain Power confirmed that the wildfire was the cause of two major power outages in the nearby area, with 8,062 customers affected. The outages were first reported just before 7 p.m., but electricity was restored by about 8 p.m. to most.

The Kaysville Fire Department posted on Facebook that "Some evacuations have taken place closest to the fire," but South Davis Metro Fire later tweeted that there were no evacuations ordered. Kaysville FD later gave an update that those who had evacuated were safe to return home.

With no way for crews to access the fire, the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands will allow it to burn. Crews have established a fire break on the West Davis Corridor in case the winds shift.

Fortunately, a "substantial amount" of rain fell in the area of the fire Friday evening, and officials say the fire behavior has lessened significantly.

Crews will remain at the scene overnight, and officials will assess the fire's acreage and containment Saturday morning.

After being deluged with 911 calls, the Kaysville Fire Department is asking people to refrain from calling unless there is an emergency.