UPDATE: Dollar Ridge Fire destroys 74 homes, 93 percent contained
UPDATE: (July 22, 8:52 a.m.) -- The Dollar Ridge Fire increased containment 9 percent bringing it to 93 percent.
"This jump reflects the cumulative efforts of more than a week of hard work put in by over 300 firefighters working around the Willow Creek, Timber Canyon and Beaver Creek areas. Thunderstorms last night dropped 1/3 inch of rain on the western flank and delivered abundant lightning strikes," stated Ashley National Forest in a press release.
Hand crews are still challenged in one area with no access that still remains uncontained. Overnight rainfall will help firefighters, but the fire smoldering in heavy timber has potential to create visible smoke on hot days. Over the next few days, firefighters will work to extinguish this heat where safe to do so," NFS said.
(KUTV) — Meetings for those affected by the Dollar Ridge Fire were held on Tuesday, and homeowners were able to get an idea of what damage was done to their property.
The Dollar Ridge Fire has destroyed at least 74 homes and damaged or destroyed at least 164 other structures, according to the Duchesne County Sheriff's Office.
The following losses have been confirmed in Duchesne and Wasatch counties:
- 74 homes destroyed
- 6 homes damaged
- 131 campers
- 158 sheds
- 81 trailers
- 25 cars
“I am really glad that we were spared," said Christine Hansen, who had waited more than a week to find out the condition of her home. “We are happy about that, and we are very sad about all of those that have lost their properties and possessions.”
Not everyone was lucky enough to have their properties spared, and fire officials said even more homes could be destroyed where the fire is still active in Wasatch County.
“They are very remote, but we know we’ve got a couple structures up in there, and they want to get those verified," said Mike Ericksson, the area manager for the Division of Forestry ,Fire and State Lands.
Finally on Tuesday, investigators were able to get to the area where the fire started.
“This fire started in a very remote area,” that is difficult to get to, Ericksson said, but officials were able to start to investigate the cause.
For many residents, the waiting and worry will end soon. A major portion of residents will be allowed back into previously evacuated areas on Wednesday morning.
People with property south of Currant Creek River in the Fruitland area to the ridge of Currant Creek Mountain (the northern part of Zone D1) will be allowed to access their property. Proof of residency (deed, property tax bill, utility bill, etc.) will be required to access the area.