LAYTON — Mandatory evacuations were underway Monday night as a 30-acre brush fire blazed in the foothills east of Layton, Layton Fire Department Battalion Chief Jason Cook said.
No homes were immediately threatened by the fire above U.S. 89 and Antelope Drive, Cook said, but police were ordering residents near the area to leave their homes out of concern downslope winds overnight could shift the direction of the fire.
“We’re taking it very seriously,” Cook said.
While residents in an estimated 40 to 50 homes were initially ordered to evacuate, the U.S. Forest Service reported about 12:30 a.m. that number had grown to 125 as the fire spread.
Mandatory evacuations were in place for Snoqualmie Circle, Fernwood Drive east of 3200 East, and Fernwood Circle, according to Layton fire officials. Evacuation orders grew to include homes east of Valley View Drive on Maxine Drive, Boulder Drive and 1850 North.
“As we’ve been watching the fire behind us tonight, we’ve noticed that it’s tended to creep a little to the south and the west, which is the area of the homes that we’ve added to the evacuation area, which is the reason behind that,” Cook said later in the night.
An evacuation center was being established at Mountain View Baptist Church at 2585 E. 3000 North and also at the meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 2680 E. Cherry Lane.
The blaze, which has been named the Snoqualmie Fire, was reported around 9:45 a.m. by a passerby, according to Cook.
- A wildfire, named the Snoqualmie Fire, burns on a hillside east of Layton on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. The fire is expected to grow throughout the night while crews work to protect houses in the area. Colter Peterson, Deseret News
- Layton are residents watch from the parking lot of the Mountain View Baptist Church, where an evacuation center had been set up, as the Snoqualmie Fire burns on a hillside east of Layton on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. The fire is expected to grow throughout the night while crews work to protect houses in the area. Colter Peterson, Deseret News
- Nine-year-old Jocelyn Andreasen, left, and Paige Andreasen, 13, stand for a portrait with their guinea pigs, Peaches, left, and Millie in the parking lot of the Mountain View Baptist Church while the Snoqualmie Fire burns on a hillside east of Layton behind them on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. The sisters reminded their parents to grab their pet guinea pigs as they were about to leave under evacuation orders and a local hotel broke their no pet rule to provide the family with a room for the night. Colter Peterson, Deseret News