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Saddle Fire burning 200 acres north of Midway, juvenile believed connected to blaze located

Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office alerts residents to prepare to evacuate

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Flames burn on the mountain behind a home in the Dutch Hollow area of Midway as hand crews from multiple agencies respond to a wildfire on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

MIDWAY — Fire crews are responding to a brush fire north of Midway — the fourth in the area in one week, according to Wasatch County fire authorities.

The blaze, dubbed the Saddle Fire, had burned more than 200 acres and was 5% contained as of 9:30 p.m.

This is the fourth fire reported in the Interlaken and Dutch Hollow area this week. The Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook just before 6 p.m. that a juvenile suspect had been apprehended in connection with the recent fires. State fire authorities on the Utah Fire Info Twitter account confirmed the fire was human caused.

The sheriff’s office said the investigation into the fires is ongoing and it appears the juvenile acted alone.

According to the Wasatch County Fire District, the fire was moving away from structures as of 3 p.m, though additional resources had been called in for aid. Several homes in the upper Interlaken area were also evacuated as a precaution.

The Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office also posted on its Facebook page around 4:40 p.m. that residents should be prepared to evacuate their homes. The post advised people to collect medications and personal belongings needed for 48 hours. The evacuation site will be located at a church building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 165 N. Center.

Responders were also emphasizing that drones are illegal to fly near a wildfire after one intruded in the area, as they can “pose significant risk” to firefighters and suppression efforts, according to Utah Fire Officials.

Utah Fire Info reported that additional resources including aircraft support will respond to the Saddle Fire tomorrow.

Those with information about individuals or circumstances connected to the fires can contact the sheriff’s office at 435-654-1411.