Update: Brush fire south of Price threatens homes
Multiple fire crews have controlled a brush fire about three miles south of Price that had burned across 50 acres Tuesday afternoon. They managed to knock down the flames before the blaze could reach homes in a subdivision nearby. Fire fighters set up a protective perimeter around houses. Homeowners nearest to the fire on the east side of the subdivision had been wetting down their homes and shrubs with garden hoses.
Water for fire fire trucks became a problem in the remote area. A water tender truck from Helper was dispatched to resupply the trucks.
Public safety officials restricted travel into the subdivision. However, they did allow school buses into the area and provided escorts to make sure all children arrived home safely.
The brush fire started as a routine spring burn to clear weeds from an irrigation ditch. It got out of control and spread rapidly through the brush and ignited trees. All the vegetation is tinder-dry because of a nearly snowless winter and a dry spring.