[Updated 10:15 a.m.] Flames from a Utah wildfire have been suppressed "in significant fashion," Gov. Gary Herbert said Monday, and "today looks very good for us to get this fire out today."
[Updated 7:46 a.m.] About 1,600 homes are directly in the path of a dangerous blaze, and officials in Herriman, Utah, say they're working ferociously to save them.
Unified Fire Authority Chief Michael Jensen spoke with Candy Crowley on CNN's "American Morning" and explained how firefighters are actively trying to contain the blaze by creating fire breaks.
Michael Jensen: Luckily for us, the fire has gone down, the winds have lessened, and the temperatures have lowered. We're actively still fighting the fire. We have bulldozers that are out causing - creating fire breaks as well as firefighters laying down foam and water as it approaches homes. So what we're worried about is the winds are going to shift with the morning canyon breezes. And so it's going to push the fire back towards some other homes. And so we're just nervous about that right now.
Candy Crowley: And so is that your biggest worry this morning as you fight to contain this fire, the winds?
Jensen: It is. The winds are what hampered us yesterday. And they're going to switch and have - they're going to blow in the opposite direction this morning. And so we're worried we've got some homes. The fire did some flanking on us last night. And so we're worried that it's going to come back on some homes this morning.
Crowley: And we've confirmed, at least you all have confirmed for us, that four structures were destroyed. Overnight, was there any more damage?
Jensen: Yeah, we have the four homes confirmed. We just had them threaten over the night. We actually made some pretty good stops. The winds did shift as a front came through and posed imminent damage on probably 20 to 25 homes. We were able to stop the fire and knock it down before it got to those.
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