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Some evacuations lifted in Rockport 5 Fire; community rallies

COALVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Evacuations were lifted for portions of the Rockport 5 Fire evacuees Thursday night as the community gathered to raise money for those affected by the fire.
COALVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Evacuations were lifted for portions of the Rockport 5 Fire evacuees Thursday night as the community gathered to raise money for those affected by the fire.

Bryce Boyer, Incident Commander for the fire, said evacuations have been lifted for the Promontory and Bridge Hollow subdivisions. Evacuations remain in place for Rockport Estates and Rockport Ranches.

Boyer also said the number of burned structures was downgraded from 14 to 8. He said there was some confusion between ground crews over which structures were primary homes and which ones were cabins or weekend homes.

Of the eight structures lost, two were primary homes in Rockport Estates and three were cabin or weekend homes. One primary home was lost in Rockport Ranches along with one cabin and one yurt.

As of Thursday night the fire was 50% contained.

Frankie Donaldson is Bishop Donaldson’s wife in the Wanship Ward who said she is seeing an outpouring of generosity.

“Just about everybody in the community has called and offered their homes, food and anything they can do,” she said.

Authorities helped one woman grab her wedding dress from her spared home before she plans to tie the knot on Saturday. Friends said she planned to have the ceremony at her house, despite the fire.

Sam Rex, Vice President of the North Summit Junior Athletics, said the community would donate all proceeds from a Thursday evening fundraiser to the Rasmussen family who lost their home in the fire. Their family’s son is a teenage football player.

“A lot of other families lost homes that affected our football community tonight especially with this family and we just want to do our part,” Rex said of the Rasmussens.

Donaldson said people can leave donations at her house or at the Wanship Ward House.

“Right now it is kind of uncertain what the families need, but we get a great support here in the community,” she added. “People are wonderful.”

The community can head to the Wanship Ward House on Friday and Saturday to get information from officials about the status of their home.
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