September 20th, 2010
10:15 AM ET

Gov: Utah wildfire suppressed 'in significant fashion'

[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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  1. marblenc

    Machine guns aren't common in most states, but in polygamist Utah, guns with multiple bullets are popular.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. marblenc

    Machine guns aren't common in most states, but in polygamist Utah, guns with multiple bullets are popular.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Utahn

    The fire wasn't started by a local with a gun, it started at a military facility.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. marblencisstupid

    Seriously? It's people with racist, ignorant, unkind comments like you that make a mess in this world. Learn your facts before you make a comment, and drop the unneccessary jabs. You sound like a 10 year old.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Craig

    I watched the fire march down the mountain like an army of soldiers, towards Herriman and towards my home last night. My home wasn't in the official evacuation area but I took my wife and two kids to grandma's for the night, mostly worried about the smoke. It's terrifying and exciting at the same time. All kinds of songs come to my mind. We didn't start the fire. It was always burning since the world was turning...the roof, the roof, the roof is on fire...It's getting hot in here, so take off all your..(I forget that last bit).

    September 20, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    Of course, just like here in Colorado, there will be a full investigation inot just who of the National Guard started this fire and why. The reports say it started at a firing range? I've been to a few ranges in my time and can't figure out how this could happen no matter how many bullets are fired. Should be interesting this explanation.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |