Morgan County Fire Warden Boyd Carrigan was happy to get multiple calls from people passing by on the freeway who noticed a grass fire in Mountain Green on Friday.
“If you see smoke of any kind, call. A lot of people think someone else will do it,” Carrigan said. “I would rather it be a false alarm than not be able to jump on it quick enough.”
Carrigan said the fire was the county’s biggest so far this year.
A downed power line ignited the fast-moving grass fire, which was exacerbated by warm winds from the west blowing at 10 to 15 miles an hour, Carrigan said. According to the power company, expanding and contracting wood on the power pole loosened a bolt, causing a nut to fall off and eventually the line to fall off the isolator.
The fire burned 15 acres between Interstate 84 and Old Highway Road before crews from the Morgan, Mountain Green and Weber County were able to control the blaze. Calls reporting the fire came in at 2 p.m., and the fire was contained around 4 p.m.
“We were lucky,” Carrigan said. “We just hope we keep getting lucky.”
He said a county-wide ban on fireworks and fires may help control fires in the valley. However, he expects this year’s fire season to last well into November unless there is a significant change in weather.
Carrigan urges residents to exercise caution around any type of fire or shooting. A week prior to the blaze, Morgan County Fire Chief Dave Rich issued a restriction on open fires and the use of any ignition source including fireworks, lighters, matches and smoking materials.