A power line blown down in heavy wind ignited a fire Monday evening that burned 20 acres of oak brush just northeast of Bridal Veil Falls.
At least 35 U.S. Forest Service firefighters spent the night battling the blaze on private property in an area called Slide Canyon. Two natural rock fire breaks helped them keep flames from spreading, said Loyal Clark, Uinta National Forest spokeswoman. Also, the wind that prevailed as the fire crept through the thick brush subsided later in the evening. Temperatures also cooled.Firefighters contained the blaze about 3 a.m. even though swirling winds forced them off the mountain at one point, Clark said. An 18-person crew was mopping up and watching the canyon for flare-ups Tuesday.
The flames came close to power lines, prompting the Forest Service to ask Utah Power to cut off electricity until the fire was no longer a threat.