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Crews work to contain 'Water Hollow Fire' near Causey Reservoir

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Posted at 3:26 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-25 00:42:52-04

WEBER COUNTY, Utah — A new wildfire is threatening structures in Weber County.

The "Water Hollow Fire," burning near Causey Reservoir, was first reported shortly before 2 p.m. Friday.

The fire is estimated at 168 acres and 20 percent contained as of Friday night. It was caused by target shooting on private property.

Structures are threatened, but no homes.

No evacuations or road closures are in effect at this time, but residents in the area were on standby for possible evacuation.

Capt. Richard Cooper with the Weber Fire District said it's unlikely anyone will face criminal charges for starting the fire.

"We have no shooting restrictions in place in Weber County, and it is a privately-owned gun range," Cooper said.

Cooper added that the man called 911 himself upon realizing he had sparked a fire.

He urged people to be extra cautious, though.

"Please be careful out there. Enjoy the mountains, enjoy the outdoors, but watch your ATVs. Watch your campfires, and if you’re out shooting, try to go to an approved gun range," Cooper said.

Cooper said the fire's location in proximity to the Causey Reservoir was crucial in helping to gain some early control as helicopters were able to gather water quickly to drop on the fire and surrounding area.