Talk about sheer dumb luck, a house in Utah survived a raging wildfire. The fire was rapidly moving, destroying more than five thousand acres of land. And in a miraculous display, the Utah home was left untouched as depicted on the photo above. As you can see, all that was left in its surroundings is a trail of ashes and soot. The unaffected home is now gaining some attention over the web and televisions as its pictures, which were provided by well-known photojournalists, scours over the news realm.
The people who live in this home are just few of the many residences who were evacuated because of the fire. The wildfire started yesterday, in the midst of the afternoon. The fire was so greatly devastating, that the locals gave it a name – The “Quail Fire”.
At this point in time, the fire is still uncontained. This was confirmed by Loyal Clark, personnel of the Forest Service. He further explained the situations involved in this event to the Daily Herald news team.
Many people speculated that a fire this big had naturally occurred, like any forest fires that happened previously in the region. This had been a common thing, since Utah is a hot spot for wildfires. But in recent news, the current Utah wildfire was said to be manmade – a shocking turn of events as dictated by Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sherriff’s Department. At an interview he did over the journalists at The Salt Lake Tribune, the fire was accidentally started by unfortunate circumstance which has something to do with a trackhoe near the rodeo grounds of the Alpine.
In an attempt to control the ravaging fire, 2 helicopters carrying buckets of water 600 gallons each were dispatched. The copters continuously poured their cargo directly over the flames in the hopes to completely extinguish them. With the aid provided by the National Guard, the Utah officials were able to minimize the damages that the Quail Fire is causing. The fire is still elusive and may even gain strength if strong wind will somehow swift the lands.
The Quail Fire is just one of the total eight wildfires that were simultaneously burning across the state. Some of the Utah residents were allowed to return to their homes. The unfortunate ones whose homes were burnt down were busily sifting through what remained of their beloved homes. Not long after, more residents were allowed to go home by Saturday.
In a similar scenario, the Waldo Canyon Fire over at Colorado is now under the control of the authorities. This deadly fire was also believed to be manmade, caused by a group of people or just one person. In its path, more than 350 homes were decimated. It was indeed a depressing scene, especially for the home owners.
Setting huge fires among these regions of the state is as easy as lighting up a match. If not handled carefully, the fire can even travel miles and decimate homes.