|Source: Rich Bowmer | The Associated Press | The Salt Lake Tribune|
Kudos to the Salt Lake City Fire Department, which responded quickly and got the situation under control. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, only one home was damaged. Three firefighters were, however, hospitalized, two for heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation and one for a leg injury. We wish them speedy and complete recoveries.
The origin of the fire remains unknown, but was almost surely human caused. The threat of a similar fire remains, with caution, vigilance, and taking steps to protect your home the keys to reducing risk. Below are recommendations of the National Fire Protection Association.
Some neighbors in the Avenues hired goats to consume grasses on the slopes below their homes a couple of weeks ago, and I thought that was looking like a really good investment yesterday.
Although the Ensign Peak Fire is contained, the area is denuded of vegetation and will be prone to erosion and potentially debris flows during precipitation events. Threats from wildfires continue even after the last ember is extinguished.