The Rosecrest Fire has forced the mandatory evacuation of several homes.
Three homes were completely destroyed as flames and smoke could be seen for miles.
"Two other homes were destroyed and several cars and sheds were also burned," says Captain Mike Jensen of the Unified Fire Department.
Captain Jensen says a total of 350 acres were burned.
Firefighters called in air support with heavy tankers and helicopters dropping water and flame retardant on the fast moving blaze. On the ground, firefighters did their best to control the flames from spreading to other structures.
Herriman City officials said in a tweet, "Mandatory evacuation for 13300 South - 14500 South from 7200 West to 8200 West. Anyone south of that should also evacuate."
A short time later, all residents living south and east of Rose Canyon Road were ordered to evacuate.
Captain Jensen says 948 homes were evacuated.
By Friday evening, Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon declared a state of emergency due to the fire.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert also put the Utah National Guard on alert, as troops gathered at Salt Lake Airport #2 in South Jordan to await orders.
A Type III Management team was requested by local authorities to battle the Rosecrest Fire.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) later authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Rosecrest Fire
It was the fourth Fire Management Assistance Grant has approved in the past week.
The authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state's eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire.
The grants will not provide assistance to individual home or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire.
The evacuation area is seen in the below Google Map in red.
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Four structures, including 3 homes and one barn/garage were consumed by the flames, despite fire crews' efforts to save them.
The incident was classified as a 10-alarm fire, according to the UFA.
Approximately 115 evacuees were gathered at the Red Cross reception center Herriman High School on 11917 South Mustang Trail Way (6000 West). Small animals were allowed at the shelter.
By 9:30 p.m., the reception center transitioned into an evacuation center, as some residents were expected to stay the night.
Herriman City officials announced that the evacuation order would stay in place overnight, due to shifting winds and the need to keep road clear so crews could access the area.
Residents with horses were asked to bring their animals to the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center at 2100 West 11400 South, barn 7.
Many watched helplessly as the fire spread, burning everything in its path.
The Rosecrest Fire is one of the latest in a string of Utah fires that have left a path of devastation from Washington County all the way to northern Duschesne County. As of Friday evening, 8 major wildfires were burning across the state.
Several hundred firefighters and volunteers have been working around the clock for more than 8 days all over Utah, battling hot, dry conditions and unrelenting winds.
With no precipitation in the immediate weather forecast, Utah's early-arriving fire season might seem endless to those affected by the flames.
A spokesman for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement:
“As requested by Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, the Church is pleased to come together in prayer with other Utahns during this difficult time. We are mindful of those in Utah and neighboring states who have been impacted by wildfires. We encourage individuals, families and congregations to pray for the safety of firefighters, protection of lives and homes and favorable weather conditions to help control the many wildfires currently burning.”
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