MIDWAY, Utah — Wasatch County Fire officials say the Saddle Fire burning more than 200 acres near Midway was human-caused, and there is a juvenile suspect in custody.
Saddle Fire suspect in custody
Janet Carson with Wasatch County Fire says they are concerned with the number of fires they’ve seen in the area, and are grateful for those in the community that helped identify a suspect.
Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office officials called the #SaddleFire suspicious and late Tuesday announced a juvenile had been apprehended in connection to the recent fires near the Interlaken and Pine Canyon areas, north of Midway.
The fire is 200+ acres and 5% contained. #FFSLkw
— Utah Fire Info (@UtahWildfire) May 13, 2020
“We’re concerned this is happening and we want to investigate it thoroughly,” Carson told KSL.
“We appreciate those who assisted in alerting us to the suspicious activity and the quick work of the law enforcement officers and dispatchers that ultimately resulted in the apprehension of the suspect,” she added.
Carson said if anyone knows something that may aid the investigation, they should call their tip line at 435-654-WCSO.
Impacts of the fire
Crews evacuated several homes in the area and requested additional resources.
Officials put out a reminder about drone flights near wildfires after someone reported seeing a drone in the area. Flying drones near wildfires is against the law.
A drone intrusion has been reported on the #SaddleFire. Drones are illegal to fly near a wildfire, they can pose significant risk to our firefighters and their suppression efforts. pic.twitter.com/pWVikzpmks
— Utah Fire Info (@UtahWildfire) May 12, 2020
Utah State Parks officials say that the fire forced them to close Wasatch Mountain State Park as well as the Dutch Hollow Trail System.
NOTICE: Due to the #SaddleFire, Wasatch Mtn. State Park has closed the Dutch Hollow Trail System, along with “The Phosphate” and “The Face” trails, until further notice.
Follow @UtahWildfire for additional updates.
— Utah State Parks (@UtahStateParks) May 13, 2020
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