Aerial photo showing how close the Sardine Fire came to homes along Aspen Way. (Photo: Utah Fire)
LOGAN — Fire fighters continued to extinguish hotspots on the Sardine Fire burning near the mouth of Sardine Canyon, US-89/91. Officials reported Sunday night that the fire was 80 percent contained.
They said earlier in the day that it had burned 56 acres.
Additional crews to help extinguish the flames arrived Sunday morning.
The resources consisted of two Type 2 IA hand crews, four brush trucks, four engines, two water tenders and a helicopter.
The fire is suspected to have started Saturday afternoon by a car that had pulled off onto the side of the highway into the grass. Flames quickly spread due to the dry and windy conditions, pushing the fire north of the highway.
Nearby homes in the Aspen Way subdivision were evacuated as a precaution. Dispatch operators conducted a reverse 911 call to residents, advising them of the evacuation.
Fire fighters were able to keep the fire away from any of the homes. The evacuation order was lifted late Saturday night and families were allowed to return to the neighborhood.
Utah Highway Patrol troopers reduced traffic at the mouth of the canyon to one lane in each direction, to allow fire fighters space to extinguish the blaze. They later removed the restrictions for northbound traffic and permanent barriers were brought in to keep traffic reduced for southbound motorists.
Law enforcement is continuing to ask for citizens to avoid the area and allow fire fighters room to extinguish the fire.