HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — A blaze sparked at a machine gun firing range prompted some 1,250 evacuations Sunday as flames spread across hundreds of acres southwest of Salt Lake City and set several homes ablaze.Salt Lake County sheriff’s Lt. Don Hutson official told the Salt Lake Tribune that he saw some homes catch fire after nightfall as he helped with evacuations, calling the situation “chaos.” With the fire moving in on Herriman, Mayor Josh Mills signed a declaration of State of Emergency.All Salt Lake County residents were asked not to use their cell phones to keep lines open for emergency communications, and volunteers worked to evacuate animals from the area.”We can see the flames at the top of the hill,” Faith Ching, owner of Ching Animal Farm and Rescue, told the Deseret News just before the fire reached some of the houses. “I don’t want to take a chance. It’s really scary.”School has been canceled for Monday in the Jordan School District because of the fire and evacuations.
<strong>Statement from Gov. Gary Herbert:</strong>
<em>”I have offered every available state resource to fight this fire, which is affecting so many Utahns tonight. This is a coordinated, collaborative effort.”State emergency liaisons have been on site since the beginning of this fire, and they will be here until the fire is put out.”It is critical that residents in this area follow the directions of first responders, and do everything they can to protect themselves and their loved ones while we work to get this fire under control.”</em>
The fire began at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday at a Camp Williams firing range. Utah National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Hank McIntire said dry brush caught fire during an artillery training session.Video of a home engulfed in flames from the Machine Gun Fire in Herriman.
Photos of the blaze can be
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=Herriman&ss=2&s=rec#page=1″>seen here</a>