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Church Camp fire confirmed to have burned structures


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By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

A fire that started late Sunday in Argyle Canyon has now been confirmed as a fire that has destroyed at least eight structures in the area of the fire.

The so-called Church Camp Fire has also now burned about 2000 acres and continues to roar across the area. Teams cannot exactly assess which kinds of structures have burned because the conditions are still too dangerous. High temperatures, low humidity (13 percent) and winds have made today miserable for fire fighters. Winds picked up about mid-day from the south-southeast and have made the fire, which waa subdued a little over night by some thunderstorms that dumped some rain, blossom once again.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The fire has forced the evacuation of 100-150 cabins in the area on Monday afternoon. Officials believe they have everyone out, but questions always remain. A body found this morning after the Wood Hollow fire in Sanpete County passed an area of homes shows that officials can never be completely sure of who is where.

The fire is being fought by more than 100 fire fighters, two helicopters, four single seat air tankers, 8 engines, 2 water tenders and 2 bulldozers. A DC 10(VLAT, very large air tanker) which can drop up to 11,000 gallons of retardant or water on a fire at one time is also being used. The amount the plane can haul is four times that any other tankers in use in the United States can dump. The plane is out of California but can only be filled with materials at a few bases. The plane that is in use is being refueled and resupplied in Boise, Idaho. This is the first time this large of an aircraft has been used to fight a fire in Utah. It also has to have a special lead plane that is trained to do the flight with the DC-10 to lead it into areas on the fire.

"I saw it come in low over the trees," said the driver of a fuel transport truck from the Uintah Basin that was on site to resupply fire crews equipment on Monday afternoon. "It came in and it was a site to see."

Crews in Argyle Canyon are fighting to keep the fire away from as many structures as possible and to keep it from approaching Highway 191, a vital energy route from Carbon County to the Uintah Basin.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team is taking control of the Church Camp Fire today.

Keep watching the Sun Advocate website for updates.

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