A fire was started near the south east shore of Utah Lake after hot embers blew out of buckets in the bed of a pickup truck.
Shortly after noon on February 8, 2015, dispatchers with Utah Valley Dispatch received a call that there was a fire near the south east part of Utah Lake. The area, about 4000 South Swede Lane (2800 West), has phragmites growing there. Phragmites are an invasive plant that can become a serious fire danger. In this situation there was a group of people at a bonfire late last night. A law enforcement officer from an unknown agency made contact with them and told them they needed to stay with the fire until it was out and then remove the nails that remained from the pallets they had burned. Several people stayed with the fire until after midnight and the fire was no longer actively burning. Sunday morning two people returned and scooped up the leftover nails. Along with the nails they also scooped up ashes and embers that were still hot. They scooped the material into buckets and as they left the area the wind caught some of the embers and blew them into the nearby phragmites, catching them on fire. They immediately called 911 and fire fighters were dispatched from Utah County Fire, Springville Fire, Spanish Fork Fire, and Woodland Hills Fire. The fire grew to about 15 acres in size and fire fighters were able to control and contain the fire. No people were injured and no structures were damaged as a result of the fire.
For questions call Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO